Thousands of firefighters along with control room workers are to ballot for strike after the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) said their members were offered a 2% pay offer in June.
The union said their members have not seen a significant pay increase despite the soaring rate of inflation and the 2% pay offer represents a “significant real-terms pay cut” the FBU said.
Over the next few weeks 32,500 of FBU members will be invited to ballot where it will then be decided of there will be industrial action.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said, “Taking strike action is always a last resort but our employers are increasingly leaving us with no choice.
“There is huge anger among firefighters at falling pay.
“Firefighters must be paid fairly – there is absolutely no question when it comes to this.
“It is the responsibility of fire service employers to provide decent pay offers and that has not happened.
“The ball is now in the fire service employers’ court. It is not too late for them to make a much better pay offer for consideration by our members.”