of the firefighters union are due to announce dates for its first national
strike in 25 years.
are expected to be scheduled for later this month – forcing hospitals,
airports, train operators and other public services to put emergency plans into
leaders say they are certain a ballot for industrial action will return a ‘yes’
prime minister John Prescott has urged the Fire Brigades Union to call off the
"futile" strikes until a government-appointed pay inquiry reports in
union wants a 40 per cent wage rise to take firefighters pay to £30,000 a year.