Essex firefighters and 999 control operators have been locked out by management extending strike action by 21 hours.
Despite numerous attempts from the FBU in Essex to negotiate with the service to avert the strike, including putting forward alternative plans that would meet all the savings the service says its needs, management have refused to listen and intent on keeping staff locked out.
Riccardo la Torre, chair of the FBU in Essex, said: “Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have treated their staff disgracefully. We cannot accept these cuts and changes to shift patterns and working conditions.
“Picket lines have been solid throughout the strike with an overwhelming amount of public support.
“Livelihoods are being jeopardised by the actions of the fire service. They need to seriously reconsider their position. They are playing dangerous games”.