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Junior doctor strikes to go ahead next week

A strike of junior doctors will go ahead next week after talks with the government failed to resolve a dispute over pay and contracts, a group overseeing the talks has said.

The BMA had announced planned strike dates earlier this week Credit: PA

Talks between the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers were "constructive" but did not reach a deal that would have prevented planned strike action, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) said.

It means that three walkouts are set to take place starting from next week, potentially causing major disruption to the health service and forcing the cancellation of thousands of operations.

Junior doctors are provide emergency care only over a 48 hour period from 8am Tuesday to 8am on Thursday.

It will be followed by a further strike excluding emergency care from 26 to 28 January, and a full walkout from 8am to 5pm on 10 February.


Firefighters' deal 'one of most generous in public sector'

As firefighters across England and Wales prepare to stage a 24-hour walk-out, a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said that a solution can be reached "but not under the shadow of industrial action."

The deal on the table is fair and gives firefighters one of the most generous pensions in the public sector.

Additionally, the proposals protect the earned rights of a higher proportion of members than any other public sector scheme.

Nearly three-quarters will see no change in their pension age in 2015.

Under the new scheme, a firefighter who earns £29,000 will still be able to retire after a full career aged 60, get a £19,000-a-year pension, rising to £26,000 with the state pension.

The equivalent private pension pot would be worth over half a million pounds and require firefighters to contribute twice as much.

– A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government

Firefighters 'won't have strength to save people at 60'

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said:

It is regrettable that the Government is still not listening to its own advice or the concerns of firefighters, and is set on imposing these ill-thought out pension changes.

Firefighters do incredibly dangerous and demanding jobs. The public - which has nothing but the utmost respect for our emergency services - will be at a loss to understand why ministers think that at 60 firefighters will still have the necessary strength and stamina to rescue people from burning buildings.

Firefighters strike for 24 hours over pensions

From 9am today, firefighters across England and Wales will stage a 24-hour strike today in their long-running dispute with the Government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England and Wales will stop work from 9am in the first 24-hour stoppage of their campaign. Credit: PA

Another strike will be held on June 22 as their dispute over pension reforms and retirement age remains deadlocked.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack accused the Government of refusing to negotiate, adding that firefighters were determined to continue with their campaign.

Firefighters have been warned by the union that they face significant pensions cuts and working until later in life before retiring.


Strike action 'will damage reputation of teaching'

Strike action will damage the reputation of teaching, a Department for Education spokeswoman has said, as the National Union of Teachers are today expected to back fresh walkouts in the summer if progress is not made in resolving a bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

Ministers have met frequently with the NUT and other unions and will continue to do so. Further strike action will only disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession.

We know that the vast majority of our teachers and school leaders are hard-working and dedicated professionals. That is why we are giving teachers more freedoms than ever and cutting unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy.

– Spokeswoman, Department for Education

NUT defend timing of potential teachers' strike

An advanced GCSE maths extension paper set by one exam board is scheduled to take place on Wednesday June 25, during a potential teachers' strike.

Exam timetables show that at least a dozen GCSE and A-level papers are due to be sat by students on the first two days of the week proposed in the National Union of Teacher's resolution. NUT general secretary Christine Blower said:

This week has been deliberately chosen because we believe that there will be no exams beyond those dates.

Strike action will not disrupt exams. If necessary, exemptions can be given got staff who are needed to supervise an exam, but the NUT is looking to take action at the end of the main exam season.

Teachers to debate strike action over pay

Teachers are today expected to back fresh walkouts in the summer if progress is not made in resolving a bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

Teachers to debate over strike action Credit: PA

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Brighton are due to debate a priority motion seeking co-ordinated national strike action in the week beginning Monday June 23.

The move comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout, and raises the prospect of widespread disruption to thousands of schools in England and Wales in the summer term.

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