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Firefighters to strike
4:22pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Echo News
FIREFIGHTERS in Essex will go on strike next week.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union will strike from midday until 4pm on Wednesday, September 25.
The strike has been called due to anger about pension reform and retirement rules.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said:
“This initial strike is a warning shot to government.
"Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.
“Governments in Westminster and Cardiff have simply refused to see sense on these issues.
“It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s: the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.
“None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service moved to reassure residents insisting resilience measures are in place to cope.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill said: "Fire engines will still be attending emergencies and the public should continue to dial 999 as normal.
“But anything we can do to reduce the number of non-emergency calls between those hours on Wednesday will clearly assist us in ensuring our service delivery is directed to those areas where it is most needed.”
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