The latest strike by fire crews in Essex is due to end on at 9am on Thursday morning after a 24-hour walk-out. They were joined in a march and rally on Wednesday by around 800 firefighters from around the country all protesting at cuts to frontline services.
But as the FBU announced more strike dates during the Olympics, union officials were criticised for not attending talks to end the dispute.
Firefighters who are staging a 24-hour strike in Essex have announced new dates for further industrial action.
Two of the dates coincide with the Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies but the FBU says it will provide 999 cover on those days.
New strike dates:
- Thursday 26 July - 5pm to 7pm
- Friday 27 July - 6pm to 9am next day (only responding to 999 calls)
- Saturday 11 August - 2.30pm to 5.30pm and 9pm to midnight
- Sunday 12 August - 9am to 6am next day (only responding to 999 calls)
- Wednesday 5 September - 9am to 1pm
- Thursday 18 October - 11am to 4pm
– Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary
"The fire authority has shown no sign of compromise and has left us no choice other than to call additional action in our campaign against cuts to the frontline fire and rescue service in Essex and other imposed changes."
Firefighters from across the region have joined a march and rally in Chelmsford after colleagues in Essex went on strike. Members of the Fire Brigades' Union have walked for 24-hours in a dispute over cuts.
Essex Chief Fire Officer David Johnson has called on the Fire Brigades' Union to join him for talks with ACAS to resolve their dispute. Firefighters in the county are staging their third strike in protest at cuts to the service.
Mr Johnson said he was meeting with the conciliation service ACAS to come up with proposals to put to the FBU.
He added: "It would have been very helpful if the Fire Bridgades' Union had attended but they've chosen to go to a demonstration instead which I feel is less productive than sitting around the table and trying to resolve the dispute."
Firefighters in Essex have staged a third strike in a row over planned cuts. Members of the Fire Brigades' Union joined the picket line at Chelmsford fire station and 11 other full-time stations across Essex at 9am as part of a 24-hour walk out.
The Union claims that 100 full-time firefighters and 60 retained firefighters have gone since 2008. The Essex Chief Fire Officer, David Johnson, said contingency plans are in place.
Fresh talks between the Fire Brigades' Union and Essex Fire Service managers to try and sort out a row over planned cuts to the service ended this evening without a breakthrough.
It follows strike action last Friday where about 300 firefighters walked out. Today's meeting was organised by ACAS - who work to sort out employment disputes.
The FBU is now awaiting suggestions from ACAS about any possible way forward in resolving their 3-year dispute with Essex fire authority.