Firefighters walk out in 48th strike over pensions

Cleckheaton firefighters giving out fire safety advice leading up to Bonfire night. Fireman Smail-Ben Ahmed shows the dangers of a chip pan fire. (19100814)
Cleckheaton firefighters giving out fire safety advice leading up to Bonfire night. Fireman Smail-Ben Ahmed shows the dangers of a chip pan fire. (19100814)
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Firefighters walked out on strike this morning.

It is the 48th period of industrial action taken by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in a long running dispute with the government over pensions.

Union members across the country began the 24-hour period of industrial action at 9am.

The dispute began in 2013 when the FBU opposed government plans to raise the retirement age from 55 to 60.