For the Homerton 11 and Ken
ABOUT 450 firefighters marched in London on Friday of last week against the disciplining of 11 colleagues from the Homerton station, east London. The 11 faced disciplinary hearings from management on Friday and Monday because they defended the FBU union's policy against prearranged overtime over the new year holiday.
Ken Livingstone spoke at the rally and called for the disciplinary charges to be dropped. He promised to resolve the issue if he was elected as mayor of London. There was a large contingent on the march from Essex, and delegations from as far away as Merseyside and Scotland. The campaign has already forced management in London to backtrack. It had to lift the suspensions of the Homerton 11 before the hearings. But management has adjourned the meetings, hoping to save face by pinning some kind of charge on the 11.
The FBU union nationally and in London should not allow them to get away with making the defence of trade union principles a disciplinary offence.