Essex firefighters strike

A series of strikes by fire crews in Essex have been announced over the summer in a dispute over cuts.

Live updates

More talks to avert fire strike in Essex

Officials from Essex Fire Brigades' Union will meet with Essex Fire and Rescue Service this Thursday 5th July for talks over planned cuts to the service.

The meeting, which will be chaired by conciliation service ACAS, follows strike action last Friday when around 300 firefighters walked out in protest.

The next strike is planned for this Saturday 7th July for one hour between 0400 and 0500. ACAS will hold the talks in its offices in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Firefighters' strike: full report

A row over jobs has led to firefighters in Essex walking out. Picket lines were set up across the county today to protest against planned cuts to the service.

It's the culmination of a three year long dispute which had reached stalemate...Until this lunchtime, when it was announced there would be fresh talks between unions and the Essex fire service next week.

Advertisement

Firefighters walk out

FBU banner in Brentwood Credit: ITV Anglia

Fire crews in Brentwood walked out at 10am this morning.

FBU union members are striking in a dispute over cuts and changes to working conditions.

FBU union members on the picket line in Brentwood Credit: ITV Anglia

Advertisement

Firefighters in Essex ready to strike

Essex fire fighters set to strike Credit: ITV Anglia

Up to 300 firefighters across Essex are expected to walk out today in the first of a series of strikes over cuts to frontline services. Essex Fire and Rescue says its level of service will not be affected - 100 firefighters and dozens of retained staff will cover for those on strike.

Talks fail to avert firefighters' strike in Essex

Essex Fire Brigade Union plans to go on strike tomorrow Credit: ITV Anglia

Final preparations are taking place before a planned strike by the Fire Brigades Union tomorrow (Thursday 28 June).

Talks on Monday failed to resolve the dispute over changes to working practices and job cuts.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service says it will retain enough crew members to be able to respond to calls during the strike.

Load more updates Back to top

Latest ITV News reports