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 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.
Firefighters across Wales will today stage their third consecutive walk out of the bank holiday weekend in their long-running dispute with the UK Government over pensions.
They'll walk out for five hours between 10am and 3pm along with their colleagues in England.
A trade unionist march has been held in Cardiff to mark International Workers Day.
It comes as firefighters across Wales stage their longest strike to date in a dispute over pay and pensions with the UK government.
Kathryn Tresilian reports.
Firefighters across Wales are to join their colleagues in England and Scotland later in the latest of a series of strikes over the bank holiday weekend.
In England and Wales, firefighters will go on strike between 2pm and 2am.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) called the strike as the on-going dispute with the UK Government over pensions continues.
Firefighters in Wales walked out at midday in a five-hour strike.
Along with colleagues in England, they are in a long-running dispute over pensions. The UK Government says it has met union leaders on many occasions and there is 'ongoing communication' to find a solution.
Fire Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, says the government is offering firefighters "one of the most generous pension schemes in all the public sector."
The UK Government has been accused of "burying its head in the sand" in the ongoing pensions dispute with the Fire Brigades Union.
Firefighters in Wales are joining their colleagues in England and Scotland later in the latest strike action over the row.
Firefighters across Wales will join their colleagues in England and Scotland later in a strike over a pension dispute with the government.
In England and Wales they will be on strike between noon and 5pm.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they received 'multiple calls' of flooding in Treorchy whilst on strike last night.
Up to 30 homes were evacuated in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area and a rescue centre was set up to help residents.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union across England and Wales staged their sixth walk-out since September in a row over pensions.
The strike happened between 6pm and 10pm.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rod Hammerton said he was pleased with how South Wales Fire and Rescue Service had managed its services during the strike action.
“As expected, the number of Firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service who chose to strike was high, which resulted in a large reduction in the resources that we had at our disposal.
"As such, we were unable to provide the same high level of response to incidents as we normally would and as a consequence prioritised our response to those in most critical need."
Rod Hammerton also added that contingency plans were put in place in collaboration with South Wales Police and the ambulance service to "ensure that the necessary advice was available to ensure that the resources that the public needed were available as quickly as possible."
It is unclear whether there will be further action by firefighters.