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Firefighters prepare for national strike

PUBLISHED: 11:20 03 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:34 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK firefighters could be on the brink of industrial action today after talks aimed at averting a national strike by firefighters ended without agreement.

SUFFOLK firefighters could be on the brink of industrial action today after talks aimed at averting a national strike by firefighters ended without agreement.

Thousands of firefighters from across the UK lobbied talks in London yesterday between the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) and employers' leaders, aimed at heading off industrial action.

Fire chiefs claim that the wages of firefighters need to be brought into line with those of other skilled workers and are seeking a 39 per cent pay rise.

Paul Woolstenholmes, Suffolk county secretary of the FBU said: "I believe there will now be a massive yes vote to going on strike and there could be a national strike towards the end of this month."

But Peter Monk of Suffolk County Council said today that a 39 per cent pay increase would mean an increase of £80 on the annual council tax bill of Suffolk residents.

See tonight's evening Star for full story…

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