By Joan Trevor
Pay talks between local authority employers and the Fire Brigades Union broke down at the start of August, with the union claiming that New Labour had packed a meeting to wreck them.
Firefighters are still waiting for increases to pay promised as part of the deal to end industrial action during the 2003 pay dispute.
Now the union is balloting for new strike action.
Rank and file firefighters, angry at their treatment by the government, and ready to fight again, must organise to ensure they have control over any new dispute.
The FBU leadership cannot be allowed to mismanage affairs as they did last time out.