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    LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) - British firefighters were due to
    decide on Thursday whether to accept a 16 percent pay increase
    which would bring their long-running dispute with the government
    and employers to an end.
    Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) were meeting in
    Glasgow to vote on the deal, to be introduced over 30 months and
    tied closely to modernisation of the service.
    The FBU leadership says it is confident members will accept
    the offer but several brigades across the country have already
    vowed to fight on.
    Britain's 55,000 firefighters first walked out last November
    after the government rejected their initial demand for a 40
    percent pay rise.
    Subsequent strikes forced the army on to the streets to
    provide cover in antiquated "Green Goddess" fire engines,
    stretching their resources at a time when they were gearing up
    for the war in Iraq.
    In April, firefighters overwhelmingly turned down a previous
    16 percent offer because of the link to changes in working
    practices. They said the proposed reforms would lead to job cuts
    and the closure of fire stations.
    The government, under growing pressure to settle the
    dispute, rushed a bill through parliament last month giving it
    powers to enforce a settlement.

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