Essex FBU members locked out of work by managers

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, FBU, UK unions,
Photo courtesy FBU

Photo courtesy FBU

A firefighters’ strike in Essex has been extended by 21 hours … after managers locked FBU members out of their workplaces.

The workers began action yesterday evening over plans to cut at least 179 firefighters and control staff, and a radical change to their shift system and working conditions.

The strike was scheduled to finish at 9am this morning, but managers locked out the striking firefighters.

Essex FBU chair Riccardo la Torre 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”.

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Tim Lezard

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