New Zealand fire fighters go on strike

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Nearly 2,000 professional firefighters went on strike on Friday morning.

Members of the New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union went off work for an hour on Friday morning in a complete work stoppage.

The strike action includes all career fire stations, training centers and 111 fire communications centers.

The country’s 12,000 volunteer firefighters did not participate as the union does not represent them.

Firefighters have been offered a wage increase of between 8% and 19% over the next two years. However, for many, it is the lack of resources and working conditions that are the main issue.

The one-hour stoppages will continue on Friday mornings until the parties can resolve the disputes.

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