West Midlands industrial action.(News)

Firefighters in the West Midlands have gone back to work after a series of strikes over payments and changes to shift patterns. A military force providing emergency cover responded to 21 incidents. Brigadier Chris Hurray, head of 143 West Midlands Brigade, said the task force had "coped well".

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members unanimously rejected a revised offer from the fire service as FIRE went to press--as talks broke down without success. …

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