Socialist Worker

Essex FBU strikers tackle jobs bonfire

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2458

Firefighters in Essex struck for 15 hours last weekend over planned cuts which could see a quarter of jobs slashed.

It was their 14th strike this year. They were joined by control room staff who are also fighting shift changes and a new computer system

Riccardo La Torre, Essex FBU union brigade chair, told Socialist Worker, “Fighting spirits were high. There were pickets across the county, and new branches were out too.”

Fire bosses plan to cut at least 179 full time firefighters at frontline fire stations.

This will mean longer waits for fire crews to arrive at emergencies.

Riccardo said, “These are the worst cuts we’ve seen. They will be dangerous for us and the public.”

On the eve of the walkout fire bosses threatened to lock workers out, but backed down after a legal challenge.

Staff who dispatch crews on emergency calls picketed the control room headquarters.

Workers say more action is likely if bosses refuse to meet.

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