The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in London is gearing up to oppose management plans to cut the wages of some firefighters by up to £2,400 a year.
Some 50 FBU members attended a lobby outside the Acas conciliation service on Friday of last week, where talks between the union and London fire chiefs were taking place.
FBU officials say they will ballot all 6,000 London FBU members for strike action if the dispute is not resolved by then.
Steve Cracknell, a firefighter at East Ham fire station in east London, is one of around 200 former station officers who will be hit by the proposed cut.
The size of the wage cut will mean his final salary pension will drop significantly if he continues in work, he told Socialist Worker. “I don’t want to retire, but this will force me to next year when I reach 50.”
If management get away with cutting watch managers’ pay, they will pick off other groups of workers one by one. But if firefighters stand together over this issue, it will discourage bosses from further attacks.