weekend, from emergency and public services, the computing and banking industry, and hotel and catering industries.
Most fire brigades are starting to cancel all leave. In Wiltshire, Berni Beachgood, regional secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: 'It's panic, manic management. It's an autocratic decision by the chief fire officer - no discussion, no negotiation. He's broken the conditions of service. We're now in official dispute over it'. In London, the Metropolitan Police Federation warns the insistence that
every officer be on duty every day from 31 December 1999 to 3 January 2000 could cause problems with the new European working time directive.