Eight-day fire strike still looms large as talks fail

eight-day firefighters strike was still on the cards after talks were adjourned
last night (Wednesday).

authority officials and leaders of the Fire Brigades’ Union spoke by telephone,
but failed to met in person or come to an agreement.

are to start again today.

general secretary Andy Gilchrist said the strike and pay claim remains in
place. "We have always been prepared to look at a serious and significant
offer on pay, but we have not had one," he said.

have made clear what our pay claim is."

By Quentin Reade

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