TALKS to end wildcat action by firefighters were continuing today before one of the service's busiest nights of the year.
Union leaders were meeting management in London in an attempt to head off further industrial action.
The dispute flared after it emerged that the second stage of a 16% wage rise will be paid in two parts - 3.5% on Friday and another 3.5% in the new year after it is approved by the Audit Commission.
Unofficial sources said as many as 23 of the country's 56 fire brigades were hit by unofficial action yesterday.
About a dozen of West Yorkshire's 37 full-time stations were affected, although Huddersfield was working normally today.
Fire Brigades' Union general secretary Andy Gilchrist and his deputy Mike Fordham were meeting John Ransford, one of the employers' chief negotiators, and other management officials in a bid to settle the row.
Mr Gilchrist said: "This is seen as political vindictiveness and on the frontline is seen as bad form and people are extremely angry."
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