Firefighters set to strike again

The
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is planning two more 48-hour strikes.

The
FBU and employers are due to begin separate talks with conciliation service
Acas on Tuesday, but it is understood the employers are not prepared to offer
any more money, claiming the Bain report – recommending an 11 per cent pay rise
funded by modernisation – will be the only deal on the table.

The
Bain review, published in December, was condemned by the FBU as
"irrelevant" and "insulting".

FBU
chiefs now plan strikes on 28 January and 1 February.

By Quentin Reade

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