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Essex firefighters set further strike date in dispute over job cuts

Essex firefighters walking our on a previous strike. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Fire Brigades' Union in Essex has announced a further strike on Thursday 6 August in their long-running dispute over cuts.

The union says Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) faces budget cuts which will see 187 job losses.

“Our service has suffered cut after cut. These attacks are nothing less than a dismantling of the fire and rescue service in Essex.

"If ECFRS are allowed to continue decimating our frontline service, the public will have to wait longer for their fire engines to arrive in an emergency. It is only a matter of time before there are casualties."

– Alan Chinn-Shaw, FBU


Firefighters from our region join four day strike

Firefighters from our region are set to join a national four day strike from this evening in an ongoing row over pensions.

FBU Members on strike in Cambridge in 2013 Credit: PA Images

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out from 6pm tonight until 6am on Tuesday. Fire and rescue services say they have back up plans in place to respond to emergency calls.

Union announces another fire strike

The action has been called in a dispute over pension reform Credit: ITV Anglia

Members of the Fire Brigades' Union have announced that they'll be staging another strike a week today.

FBU members across the region will walk out between 10 o'clock in the morning and two o'clock in the afternoon. The action has been called in response to a dispute over pension reform.

Senior fire officers say plans are being put in place to ensure emergency calls are answered during the strike.

Union prepares for fire strike

The industrial action is due to begin at 6pm Credit: ITV Anglia

Fire and rescue services around the region say plans are in place to deal with a planned strike this evening by members of the Fire Brigades' Union.

The action is part of a national dispute over pension reform Credit: ITV Anglia

Senior officers say major incidents will be dealt with but they're warning that they will not be able to provide normal levels of cover.

The strike is due to start at 6.30 and last until 11.