General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union Matt Wrack has told Sophy Ridge firefighters "have had 12 years of endless attacks on their pay."
Asked what could be expected next week after the Fire Brigades Union voted to strike, he said: "We will be meeting our employers, not the government actually - they don't have a role directly in our pay negotiations.
"We can negotiate with our employers and we hope we can resolve this dispute. I'd like to say something about why we're even in this position.
"Firefighters have voted in huge numbers, an overwhelming vote for strike action, but they don't do that lightly. They've done that because they've had 12 years of endless attacks on their pay."
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