Demonstration in support of Firefighters

05 September 2005

Meet 12 noon at Cleopatra"s Needle Rally moves off at 1pm Assembles in Hyde Park


Fellow Members,

The FBU are holding a national demonstration in London on Saturday 7 December at 12 noon. The demonstration has been backed by the TUC and is an opportunity for the whole trade union movement to show its support for the firefighters. Details concerning the route, end of the march venue and speakers for the rally are posted above and the TUC will be co-ordinating transport to London from towns and cities across the UK. This is a marvelous opportunity for ASLEF members to show their solidarity and support for the firefighters by turning out on the demonstration. Please would you also ensure that you bring your branch banners to the demonstration to show that ASLEF is solidly behind the striking firefighters.

We have also received a request from the FBU that trade union members step up their activity in support of firefighters by taking the following action: 

· lobbying local MPs, Government Ministers and local councilors

· letters and phone calls to the local media supporting the dispute 

· messages of support and visits to the local FBU picket line

· donations to the hardship fund which can be sent to your local Brigade Secretary and should be made payable to the “Firefighters Hardship Fund” (or sent directly to FBU Head Office).

Please encourage all members to attend the demonstration on 7 December to ensure that ASLEF is at the forefront of supporting the FBU. 

Please bring this circular to the attention of your members.

Yours fraternally

General Secretary

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