10/02/2014 09:11 EDT | Updated 12/02/2014 05:59 EST

Montreal firefighters to lose jobs after city hall pension protest

Eight firefighters, including union head Ronald Martin, are expected to be let go after a violent protest at Montreal city hall in August. 

Thirty firefighters charged in connection with a chaotic pension protest at Montreal City Hall will plead not-guilty today, according to their union.

The accused face criminal charges for a demonstration that saw hundreds of municipal workers storm Montreal City Hall in August. 

The Montreal Firefighters' Association agreed to pay the legal fees of the thirty members who were charged. 

The head of the association, Ronald Martin, is among those accused. 

The charges include assault, unlawful assembly and mischief.