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  • "
    EthanEdwards wrote:
    Well thats more polite. Now you've toned down most of the ad-hominems.

    How is the Banking mess anything to do with my vast cadre of Ilk's then?
    Since I don't work in Banking or Politics. Nor have I over borrowed and I own my own home outright. So love to hear that one of how my Ilk and myself did that..


    Clearly explain why should the working poor subsidise the Public sector gold plated pensions then.

    So go on then if your so smart..defend the indefensible.

    In your own words begin....
    Defend the indefensible.

    Your view that the public sector pensions are gold plated is utter crap, you are merely trotting out the media led misinformation, and you have the cheek to ask me to put things "in my own words". They are no more gold plated than you pension is, especially as the government seem to be moving the goalposts as and when it suits them.

    And you are attacking people who you should be standing with.

    No sorry I won't defend you.

    The point is this -

    The private sector workers have for generations allowed their pay and pensions to be eroded.

    And now when public sector workers rise up to prevent the same happening to them the likes of you attack them.

    For what?

    For protecting their incomes?

    Why were you not protesting when the working poor were being turned into just that by having their pensions and pay eroded?

    Too busy paying for that home outright - something that the working poor cannot do.

    Yes mate, you're not fooling anyone, when you say "why should the working poor subsidise..." you mean why should you subsidise, and you my good man are far from working poor if you own your own home outright and have never had to borrow to do it.

    Come back when you have an argument other than the selfish "why should I" rubbish banded about by the tabloid press."
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Essex strikes: Live updates from across the county

Essex strikes: Live updates from across the county

Essex strikes: Live updates

Strikers rallying in Chelmsford

A dozen workers from Maldon District Council strike outside the council offices

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”

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