FIREFIGHTERS have gone on strike today (June 12) across the country in a continuing dispute over pensions.
THe 24-hour strike is the longest single-strike yet in the Fire Brigade Union’s campaign.
A spokesman from the unions said firefighters were striking across England and Wales after the government confirmed it would implement a new pension scheme ‘without further negotiations’.
The strike started at 9am this morning. A second strike is scheduled from 10am to 5pm on Saturday (June 21).
The spokesman added: “In addition between the two strikes firefighters will not carry out any voluntary overtime — which is routinely needed by many fire and rescue services to maintain fire cover — or conduct training of strikebreakers between the beginning of the first strike and 9am on Sunday (June 22).”