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Firefighters begin fresh round of strikes over pensions

Firefighters in England and Wales launched a fresh wave of strikes today in a bitter row with the Government over pensions, with no sign of a breakthrough in the long running dispute.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out for two hours at noon and will stop work again for an hour at 11 pm.

Strikes will be held for the same times over the next eight days.

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Government: Unions to blame for failed pensions talks

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says today's fire service strike action was "inexplicably escalated" by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

There have been constructive talks, the Government put forward a better package on pensions and we were expecting to hear the FBU's views with a further meeting scheduled for Thursday (7th) following the executive meeting to make further progress.

Rather than do that the FBU have inexplicably escalated strike action causing talks to fail. Let's be clear the only reason further meetings are no longer scheduled are the FBU's actions.

– DCLG spokesperson

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