Firefighters to walk out in pensions dispute

FIREFIGHTERS across Essex are set to strike from noon today (Wednesday).

This comes as part of a national row with the Government over pension reforms after 80% of firefighters voted in favour of industrial action.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said the walkout was a “warning shot” to the Government, adding it was “ludicrous” to expect firefighters tackle blazes and rescue people into their late 50s.

“None of us want a strike but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety,” he added.

The strike will finish at 4pm and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has issued safety advice for home and business owners.