Yusuf Timms

Fire in our bellies

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On 16 September, 2,500 firefighters (well over half of those not on duty) marched through London to the headquarters of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) to demand an end to the policy of mass sackings being considered by management and the Tory-led fire authority.

Photo: Tom Walker

When this was not forthcoming, it was announced from the steps of Brigade headquarters that we were serving them seven days notice of our intent to ballot for strike action. This was followed the next day by the result of a ballot for industrial action short of strike; a 95 percent yes vote on a 76 percent turnout.

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