Essex firefighters are stepping up their industrial action from Monday by refusing new plans to make them work on their days off.
FBU members in Essex are currently operating a work-to-rule against cuts in firefighter numbers.
Fire service chief David Johnson says he wants firefighters to “fill other station shortages on days off”—an admission that cuts have already led to a shortage of firefighters.
Paul Adams, Essex FBU assistant secretary, said, “The fire authority now wants firefighters to work even more than their 48-hour shifts to fill the gaps created by cuts.”
In October there were cuts in firefighter numbers at Colchester, Chelmsford and Harlow fire stations. Similar cuts are planned in Leigh, Southend, Basildon and Grays.