Essex firefighters on 24-hour strike

Fire crews in Essex have started a 24-hour strike in protest over cuts to services. It's the third day of action in three weeks.

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Firefighters ready to strike

Up to 300 Essex firefighters will walk out on strike tomorrow following a long running dispute over planned cuts to the service.

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Teachers on the march across the region

There was an impromptu day off school for many children in our region and an extra complication for working parents.

Many schools across the east were either closed completely today, or were open with just a few classes running, as teachers went on strike in a row over pay, workload and pension deals.

Click below to watch Tanya Mercer's report for the east of the ITV Anglia region

Teachers go on the march across the region

There was an impromptu day off school for many children in our region and an extra complication for working parents.

Many schools across the east were either closed completely today, or were open with just a few classes running, as teachers went on strike in a row over pay, workload and pension deals.

Click below to watch Elodie Harper's report for the west of the ITV Anglia Region

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Pictures from the Cambridge NUT rally

Members of the NUT who are on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions held a rally in Cambridge today

Cambridge NUT Rally Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
Cambridge teacher rally Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
Teachers in Cambridge Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
A large turn out in Cambridge Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
NUT members in Cambridge make their feelings known Credit: Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia

Teachers to go on strike

Parents face uncertainty as another teachers' strike looms. The National Union of Teachers is set to take action over pay and conditions in the first national strike since 2008.

But with teachers not having to give advance warning over whether they'll take part, some parents may not find out if their school is affected until tomorrow morning.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Elodie Harper

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Region prepares for fire strike

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The region is preparing for a strike by members of the fire service. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Contingency plans are being put in place across the Anglia region as firefighters prepare to take part in a four hour nationwide strike.

It's in a row over pension plans.

Emergency calls will still be answered but there may be no response between 12pm and 4pm to calls about things like gas leaks and flooding.

DVLA strike over office closures

Workers at dozens of Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices are staging a 24-hour strike in a dispute over closures and job losses at a number of sites across the country, potentially including several in East Anglia.

Among the offices facing closure are Chelmsford, Ipswich, Northampton, Norwich and Peterborough.

The DVLA said it could not guarantee a business-as-usual service because of the strike and asked people to avoid travelling to any DVLA office on Friday.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at 39 local and 10 enforcement offices will take part in the industrial action. The union is campaigning against planned office closures across the country, arguing it signals the end of a "highly prized" face-to-face service to motorists.

Fire strike postponed

A strike planned for September 5th by members of the Fire Brigades Union in Essex has been postponed. Union negotiators say significant progress has been made during talks with managers. The strike was originally planned as part of a dispute involving changes in working practices.

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