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London Firefighters Vote in Favor of Strike Action Over Jobs

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Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- London firefighters have voted in favor of strike action over plans to cut jobs.

They voted by 3,482 to 943 to take industrial action on as yet undisclosed dates, according to a Fire Brigades Union statement today. The turnout for the vote was 79 percent.

“This is a huge vote for strike action,” Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said in the statement. “This vote demonstrates that London firefighters will fight these mass sackings every step of the way.”

The strike will be abandoned if Ron Dobson, London’s Fire Brigade Commissioner, withdraws a letter which began the legal process of cutting some of the 5,557 uniformed and 41 non-operational firefighters, the FBU said in the statement.

AssetCo Plc, a private company, will fight fires in London armed with 27 fire engines if the FBU goes ahead with its strike. Dates of the strike are due to announced within the next 24 hours.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Spillane in London at cspillane3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Colin Keatinge in London at ckeatinge@bloomberg.net

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