Fire bosses in Essex are trying to buy off workers by offering some of them “no-strike contracts” for extra cash.
They are setting up people to use as strike-breakers because they are scared that a 14-month dispute over cuts could escalate.
Adrian Clarke, FBU regional secretary, said, “They seem to be gearing up to copy London’s fire chiefs, who first wasted taxpayers’ money on preparing a strike-breaking force, and then provoked a strike.”
The FBU union is also concerned that the no-strike contracts would be paid for by making even deeper cuts to services. Some 80 firefighter jobs have been cut in Essex over the last two years.
Thousands of union members from across Britain were set to lobby parliament over cuts to the fire service on Wednesday of this week.