Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will start to ballot for strike action and voting will start on 5 December and end on 23 January.
Firefighters have rejected a 5% pay offer and are to now vote for strike action, and if this happens this will be the first national strike since 2003.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said, “We have firefighters using foodbanks. Our members worked through the pandemic to help protect their communities, taking on extra duties to do so.
“A further real-terms pay cut is an absolutely disgusting way to thank them.
“There is still an opportunity to resolve this dispute and we will be writing to fire ministers and government departments across the UK requesting urgent meetings.”