firefighters in 24-hour strike over pensions
firefighters have this week joined a 24-hour nationwide strike
as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions.
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members walked out in Burnham at 9am
on Tuesday (December 9th) and returned to service at 9am today
(Wednesday, December 10th).
Minister Penny Mordaunt said the strike action was "completely
is the 48th period of industrial action since the dispute began.
The last strike action, lasting four days, took place at the end
officials say that under government proposals, firefighters will
have to work until they are 60 instead of 55, pay more into their
pensions and get less in retirement.
plans will leave firefighters at risk of dismissal as their fitness
declines into their 50s, the FBU said.