A series of strikes stretching over the next month have been pencilled in by West Midlands firefighters union leaders, a official warned last night.
Fire Brigade Union regional official Chris Wood was speaking before the second three-hour strike, which is due to be staged by firefighters tomorrow from 7am.
Mr Wood said he did not have figures on how many firefighters took part in Monday evening's walkout. However, he said the brigade could not man a single fire engine with full-time employees.
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Tomorrow's walkout will see leading members of the FBU's national executive council man the picket line at West Midlands Fire Service's headquarters at Lancaster Circus.
Mr Wood said local union officials had been spending yesterday informing members that "the battle goes on until we get a just settlement".
He added: "We have a threehour strike planned for 4am on Monday and a number of strikes in the pipeline going right up until the middle of December.
"However, we will continue to give the minimum notice of one week to the management before any action."