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Help London firefighters beat the scabs

Issue No. 2224

London's firefighters need every trade unionist and activist in the city to join them during their strike this Saturday as they launch mass pickets against scabs.

The FBU union members' strike starts at 10am – but they are planning to start the pickets from 9am at stations they have discovered will be used to provide scab cover.

The stations likely to be used by scabs are: Beckenham, Croydon, Dagenham, East Ham, Enfield, Euston, Hammersmith, Hendon, Heston, Hillingdon, Holloway, Homerton, Lewisham, North Kensington, Old Kent Road, Plumstead, Poplar, Shoreditch, Sidcup, Southall, Southgate, Stratford, Surbiton, Tooting, Walthamstow, Wembley and Westminster.

The strikebreakers are employed by private firm AssetCo, which was handed the £12 million contract last year by Tory fire authority chair Brian Coleman.

It will be the first time the rent-a-scab force has been put to use. They plan to operate just 27 fire engines compared to the usual 169 in the capital – and most of this motley blackleg crew will have had just a few weeks' training, compared to the years real firefighters go through.

But we can hit back. Already many London Underground workers, backed up by their RMT union, are planning to refuse to work on the tube during the fire strike on the grounds of health and safety.

Saturday will be a huge test for the movement. The firefighters are in the frontline of fighting Tory cuts – and they will win much faster if we all help them stop the scabs.

Bring your workmates and your banner and be part of the mass pickets this Saturday from 9am


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