The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is committed to two 48-hour strikes from 28 January and 1 February should talks with the employers set to take place in January fail.
The government is determined to impose the attacks that are contained in the Bain report, released shortly before Xmas. The report suggests large job losses and attacks on conditions and fire cover as the future for the fire service. The solid strikes before Xmas along with a high level of popular public support points the way to a firefighters' victory. With the employers still appearing set on taking a hard line, and with many firefighters angry and determined to achieve a decent pay rise, this is a dispute that is far from over.