firefighters held a third strike this morning
in Burnham-On-Sea staged another walkout this morning (Monday)
in the continuing nationwide dispute over pay and pensions.
The strike, the third in recent weeks, came after the Fire Brigade
Union (FBU) claimed the Government had worsened its offer on retirement
Today's strike ran from 6am to 8am, but a contingency level of
fire and rescue services was in place to deal with more serious
incidents across Somerset.
The dispute is over pension age changes which will see firefighters
retirement age increased from 55 to 60, and the union fears they
will be made redundant if they fail fitness tests and are unable
to find other work in the fire service.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: "By worsening the
proposals for firefighters pensions, the government has
now put a further obstacle in the way of negotiations, but after
two years of talks the Fire Brigades Union remain committed to
"No firefighter wanted a strike, but we must defend the
fire service, public safety and our pensions."