Report this comment
  • "
    billericay boy wrote:
    Public sector workers, stop fefin moaning about pensions that is what you get when you are nearly dead, if you are not happy within your job and I bet pensions was on the bottom of your list when you applied, get another one. Try running your own business and I will tell you now pensions will be your least of concern. The government and some public sector workers make our lives hell. And we don't get paid bonuses, holiday, sick pay, and every other pay that we pay for.
    Actually when I started work it was accepted that in the public sector you sacrificed pay in return for a relatively decent pension. I don't see anything wrong with employers contributing towards a decent pension. In fact, I agree with it, as I'd rather that than people be condemned to poverty in old age and reliance on benefits. What are you going to do - refuse to shop at Marks and Spencer because an element of the price that you pay goes towards allowing their employees a pension when they retire? There must have been a reason why you chose to run your own business and I assume it was because you felt that you could earn a decent income that way. What I can't see though, is, if things didn't work out so rosy, why that is the fault of someone like a nurse or a midwife who contributes a bit more to society than just the pursuit of a quick profit"
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Essex strikes: Live updates from across the county

First published in Local News

Public sector workers across the county are striking today to protest against proposed changes to pension plans.

Schools, police, and council services are all likely to be affected.

Travellers using Stansted Airport have been warned to expect long delays at border control because UK Border Agency staff are among those striking.

108 schools confirmed to Essex County Council that they intended to close fully because of the strike action.

More than 300 schools have not informed the county council of their decision.

Marches were expected in towns across the county including Colchester, Chelmsford, Harlow, Southend.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Essex Police put robust contingency plans in place on Wednesday, November 30 to ensure that critical services were fully maintained throughout the day.

"As of 3:30pm today there have been no reported problems and all emergency and non emergency calls have been answered and responded to in the most appropriate way.

"Essex Police estimates that under 5 per cent of support staff (including PCSOs) took part in the industrial action.

"Across the county Essex Police has worked with partner agencies to ensure minimal disruption to anyone not taking part in a protest and going about their daily business. At the present time there are no strike-related incidents to report."

Councillor David Finch Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation Programme, said: “Today’s National Public Sector strike has had a minimal impact on Essex County Council’s services, there were no issues in our adult or children’s social care areas, our libraries were all open and our highways and transport services are all running as usual, although 2 mobile libraries did not go out and a handful of adult evening classes will not take place tonight.

My impression from being in County Hall today is that most employees attended for work as normal.

Of course we would have preferred no industrial action at all, but we are pleased that our employees as well as local and regional level trade unions have taken a measured approach”

Latest list of closures

Comments (141)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree