Firefighters in the FBU union were due to meet on Wednesday of this week to vote on a deal over pensions recommended by the union’s leadership.
The RedWatch network of rank and file FBU members has been campaigning to reject the deal, which puts new starters on a worse scheme than existing firefighters, as well as weakening ill health and injury provision for all firefighters.
A number of brigades and regions have voted against the deal. If the union leadership had opposed it, firefighters could have joined the public sector workers strike over pensions.
The deal does not cover FBU members working in emergency control rooms, who are members of the Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS). They will be the only members of LGPS not to be out on strike to defend the scheme on Tuesday.