Firefighters and control room staff in Essex were set to begin a rolling programme of strikes this week against cuts that will wreck the county’s fire service.
Essex fire services have already suffered severe cutbacks. The proposed new cuts will mean that another 187 jobs could go, slashing the number of firefighters overall from 656 to 477—a 25 percent reduction.
Firefighters struck earlier this month for nine hours against the cutbacks. They announced fresh strike dates beginning on Monday of this week with a walkout from 9am to 6pm.
They are set to walk out again on Wednesday of this week from 9am to 6pm.
Striking control room staff will join some firefighter staff on Friday of this week from 9am-7pm. The emergency 999 control operators are striking against the cuts, shift changes and an inadequate new computer system.
Control workers plan to walk out on Saturday and Sunday of this week from 7am-7pm. They will be joined by firefighters again on Monday of next week from 9am-6pm.