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Fire strike postponed

A strike planned for September 5th by members of the Fire Brigades Union in Essex has been postponed. Union negotiators say significant progress has been made during talks with managers. The strike was originally planned as part of a dispute involving changes in working practices.

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Rail strike over pension dispute

Rail services for East Midlands Trains will be affected today because of the first of a series of strikes in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the drivers' union Aslef at East Midlands Trains will walk out for 24 hours.

Further strikes are planned for Thursday May 3 and again on May 8, 10, 15 and 17.

A reduced service will be operating today and on Thursday and there will be replacement bus services in operation on many routes.

New fuel proposals

The Unite union say they have reached a possible deal with fuel companies who are currently in talks over their pay and conditions.

The union say they are satisfied they have a set of proposals, currently confidential to present to its members - but it does not mean the threat of strike action has been lifted.

The tanker drivers still have to agree with the terms.

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