The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) has said that their members are starting to vote for strike action on Monday over pay as “some are struggling to afford to live.”
Members of the FBU are being asked if they want to strike next year over a “derisory 5% pay increase offer and on the 30 January the ballot will close.
The FBU have already held talks for a decent pay rise but no such pay offer “has been forthcoming.”
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said, “Strike action will always be a last resort but we are running out of options.
“Many firefighters and control staff are desperate. Some are struggling to afford to live. It is a dreadful and very serious state of affairs.
“We are doing everything we can to secure a decent offer. We have held talks with and written letters to many different parties, but no such pay offer has been forthcoming.
“It is the responsibility of fire service employers and governments to pay their staff properly. That is part of their responsibility of running the fire and rescue service.
“We look forward to receiving a pay offer from them that addresses the cost-of-living crisis firefighters and control staff are living through.
“We have been mandated by our members to fight for pay that they can live on, and will do that.”