Workers at manufacturing giant Fujitsu have voted to go on strike in a row over job cuts.
Members of the Communication Workers Union at the firm’s plant in Birmingham backed walkouts by 68-1 in protest at plans to cut 150 jobs.
The union, which released 150 black balloons outside the plant shortly after the ballot result was revealed, held back from setting a strike date to allow peace talks to continue.
Jeannie Drake, the union’s deputy general secretary, said: "Manufacturing workers at the Birmingham Fujitsu plant are preparing to take industrial action to send a clear message to management that they are infuriated by the threat to their jobs and will fight to keep them.
"Workers feel badly let down by a company to which they have shown outstanding commitment over the years. We are in talks with the company exploring options to keep the manufacturing activity alive in Birmingham.
"This is a successful plant with experienced staff that should be fighting to win new contracts and expand its activity, not throwing the towel in at the expense of the local economy."