The fight is on in the London fire brigade.
Every FBU member must push for the biggest possible yes vote—and other workers must make sure they know that they are not fighting alone.
But we must stay alert. We have been here before—in South Yorkshire last year.
The bosses wanted to sack firefighters to force through new contracts—and they were defeated on that after a huge protest and seven days of strikes.
But much more could have been won. The firefighters still ended up with worse shifts after a deal. Some officials are already talking about deals in London.
The strike ballot must not be a bargaining chip—the action must not be called off for talks.
Hard-hitting strikes are the way to win, and winning means defending the existing shift pattern.
And we must demand a recall of the FBU annual conference, sooner rather than later, in order to start a national ballot.