NEARLY HALF the 6,000 firefighters in London have sent in official letters defying management. They have signed forms saying that they stand by the same trade union principle, a ban on prearranged overtime, that 11 firefighters in Homerton, east London, were suspended over on New Year's Day. A campaign by the Fire Brigades Union in London has already forced management to reinstate the 11. But they still face charges at a disciplinary hearing in March, which could see them sacked. There were four days of action last week on which firefighters wore stickers backing the Homerton 11 and handed in letters of defiance. A mass lobby of Southwark Town Hall in south London will take place on 28 February. Southwark is the home council of the New Labour chair of the London fire authority.
- Lobby, Monday 28 February, 6pm, Southwark Town Hall, Peckham Road.