Firefighter talks continue

between firefighters and the Government continue today as the two parties try
to avert further strike action.

Brigades Union general secretary Andy Gilchrist is also due to met with Deputy
Prime Minister John Prescott today.

eight-day strike is planned to start this Friday, but it is understood this
could be cancelled or delayed if talks go well.

FBU is demanding a 40 per cent rise, but have been offered just 11.3 per cent
over two years so far.

By Quentin Reade

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