A four day strike by firefighters that was due to affect all English and Welsh fire services won't go ahead in Wales. It will still take place in England, starting on Friday. The Fire Brigades Union says there has been "a significant change of direction" by the Welsh government in a long running pensions dispute.
The UK government wants to raise firefighters' retirement age from 55 to 60, which their union says would leave them facing dismissal if they are no longer physically able to do the job. The FBU expects the UK government to make the change without any further consultation before a vote at Westminster.
Extending the change to Wales would require a vote in the Assembly. The union says it's received a letter from the Welsh Government saying that the new Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews, will first consult "on pension scheme design that will differ from the one proposed in England".
The union says that suspending strike action in Wales is a temporary measure whilst it waits to see what its Welsh members are offered. Firefighters' terms and conditions are not at present devolved and there have not yet been any detailed discussions about the future position in Wales. The Welsh Government declined to comment.
Firefighters in Wales and England have begun a fresh series of strikes, walking out for two hours from 12pm.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union are taking industrial action over the next eight days, in a long-running dispute over changes to pensions.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to remain vigilant and not become complacent as the Fire Brigades Union stage a fresh series of walk-outs over the next eight days.
The union has been holding series of strikes over the past year in protest against government changes which it maintains will lead to firefighters working longer and having their pensions cut.
Firefighters in Wales are to stage a fresh series of strikes over the next eight days in their long-running dispute over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has confirmed.
The strike action will take place between 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 22:59pm - 23:59pm each day.
Fire services across the country are urging people to remain vigilant and to take extra care during the strike hours.
Firefighters in Wales are today joining their colleagues in England by going on strike in a continuing row with the UK Government over pensions.
It's the latest in a series of walk-outs. They'll strike for 5 hours starting at 10am.
Fire chiefs have urged people to be extra vigilant, and avoid throwing cigarettes onto grass land, which will be dry because of the current hot weather.
As firefighters across Wales are preparing to strike in the latest dispute over pensions, Cerith Griffiths from the Fire Brigades Union says people need to be 'that bit more careful'.
The strike, which is due to begin shortly, is the longest in their three year campaign and people are being warned to be aware of the reduced services across the country.
Firefighters will strike for 24 hours over a dispute in pension plans. The Fire Brigades Union has vowed to take action after the government announced it will introduce a new pension scheme without any further negotiations.
The strike scheduled to begin at 9am this morning will mark the longest walk out in three years. Fire Brigade Union members met with the Minister for Local Government, Brandon Lewis, on Tuesday although an agreement is still yet to be reached.
A second planned strike will take place on Saturday 21st June.
The Fire Minister has described a fresh wave of planned strikes by firefighters as 'unnecessary'.
The minister also accused the Fire Brigades Union of 'not being serious' about finding a resolution to the dispute - which the FBU refutes.
Mr Lewis added that the UK Government has met with the FBU "on many occasions, most recently during April", and has "remained in ongoing communication to find a solution".
The Fire Brigades Union has accused the UK Government of "burying its head in the sand" in an ongoing dispute over pensions and retirement - but says it remains "totally committed" to finding a resolution.
Firefighters in Wales and England will stage fresh strikes over the May Bank Holiday weekend in a long-running dispute with the UK Government over pensions.
Fire Brigades Union members will walk out for five hours from noon on May 2, between 2pm and 2am on May 3 and between 10am and 3pm on May 5.
There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across Wales and England from 3pm on May 4 until noon on May 9.
Firefighters staged a series of strikes last year in protest at plans for a later retirement age and changes to pensions, but further action was put on hold while talks were held.