The Fire Brigades' Union is to seek talks with Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott after it recommended rejecting the latest deal to end their pay dispute.
The union’s executive has unanimously recommended that members reject a 16 per cent pay offer which would seen the average salary rise to £25,000 within 16 months.
Details of the offer will be given to the brigade and to FBU representatives on next Friday 14th March at a conference in Brighton.
Andy Gilchrist, leader of Fire Brigades' Union, said he wants direct talks with the Deputy Prime Minister before discussing further strikes.
Prescott has already made it clear he could impose a pay settlement if he wanted.
Local authority employers said they were disappointed that union leaders had rejected what they claimed was their final offer.