December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, November 1, 2013
Firefighters across Norfolk formed picket lines as they took part in the first of two planned strikes this month sparked by the row over pensions.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union carried out the strike between 6pm and 11pm last night and will do so again from 6am and 8am on Monday, because agreement has not been reached over changes to the national pension scheme.
With the 999 service still operating as normal and contingency measures in place, as of 10.30pm, two incidents were attended during the strike.
One was helping police at a road crash in Marham and one was a fire alarm that was a false alarm in King’s Lynn.
Dave Ashworth of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service thanked people for being extra careful, particularly with bonfire and fireworks events taking place.
The union is campaigning against changes it says will mean firefighters will have to work longer, pay more into their pensions and receive less in retirement.
The government maintains that the changes were fair.