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Fire chief in bid to avert strike action.

A MIDLANDS fire service boss has called on a Government minister to resolve a dispute and avoid a strike.

Firefighters are in the middle of a national ballot for strike action and the result will be known by the end of the month.

The ballot is the result of a dispute between the Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP and the Fire Brigades Union, over changes to the firefighters' pension scheme.

Coun John Edwards, chairman of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "This dispute is not of our making and we have no control over the outcome. We do, however, understand and appreciate the strength of feeling amongst our staff in relation to the proposed changes to their pension scheme. The service will work towards minimising any adverse impacts of strike action.

"I urge the Fire Minister to re-enter discussions in order to find a negotiated settlement."
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Date:Aug 17, 2013
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