Workers man picket lines across Essex as part of today's strikes over pay and conditions

Workers outside the Basildon Centre

Workers outside the Basildon Centre

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STRIKING workers held pickets across south Essex in a walkout over pay.

In one of the largest strikes of its kind in recent years, firefighters joined teachers and council workers to protest against changes to their wages.

Staff held a march throughout Southend to rally support, waving placards.

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They gathered at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Avenue, Southend, before marching to a rally outside the Odeon in Victoria Plaza.

Southend Against the Cuts chairman Tim Sneller said hundreds of people had turned out.

Staff outside Southend's Civic Centre. Video: Al Underwood

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3:01pm Thu 10 Jul 14

CarnMountification says...

Idiots...
Idiots... CarnMountification
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Caber1984 says...

If most people have issues with their pay or conditions they have to find another job...!
If most people have issues with their pay or conditions they have to find another job...! Caber1984
  • Score: 4

9:26pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Fab man says...

Should be grateful they still have jobs!
Should be grateful they still have jobs! Fab man
  • Score: 1

9:33pm Thu 10 Jul 14

BasildonDond says...

What's the idea putting kids on a picket line ??!!
What's the idea putting kids on a picket line ??!! BasildonDond
  • Score: 1

10:48pm Thu 10 Jul 14

the25man says...

I hope the strike does some good as in due course people will move to other jobs and only our eastern brothers will take the jobs.
Best start learning how to understand poor english
I hope the strike does some good as in due course people will move to other jobs and only our eastern brothers will take the jobs. Best start learning how to understand poor english the25man
  • Score: -2

12:57am Fri 11 Jul 14

Blind Haze says...

Waste of time parading on the high street. You're seen as a noisy inconvenience and rubbing peoples' noses in it for only getting a 3% payrise.

The biggest irony is that a charity worker I know had to wait 3 hours to sign on that day as there was only 1 person in the whole building dealing with it - hopefully they'll see sense and put people who want to work in those roles.
Waste of time parading on the high street. You're seen as a noisy inconvenience and rubbing peoples' noses in it for only getting a 3% payrise. The biggest irony is that a charity worker I know had to wait 3 hours to sign on that day as there was only 1 person in the whole building dealing with it - hopefully they'll see sense and put people who want to work in those roles. Blind Haze
  • Score: 1

10:24am Fri 11 Jul 14

I-say-you-say says...

Blind Haze wrote:
Waste of time parading on the high street. You're seen as a noisy inconvenience and rubbing peoples' noses in it for only getting a 3% payrise. The biggest irony is that a charity worker I know had to wait 3 hours to sign on that day as there was only 1 person in the whole building dealing with it - hopefully they'll see sense and put people who want to work in those roles.
When at the moment they are currently living on a pay cut of -18% due to the rising costs of living.

The whole point is to be seen as noisy and an inconvenience! IT'S A STRIKE!! It's there for them to prove a point that without them it's an inconvenience for all around. They're not asking for much and it's either that or as the25man said above, those that want the jobs will take them - i.e. our European friends who get everything for free from our Government so don't mind the ridiculously low wages!
[quote][p][bold]Blind Haze[/bold] wrote: Waste of time parading on the high street. You're seen as a noisy inconvenience and rubbing peoples' noses in it for only getting a 3% payrise. The biggest irony is that a charity worker I know had to wait 3 hours to sign on that day as there was only 1 person in the whole building dealing with it - hopefully they'll see sense and put people who want to work in those roles.[/p][/quote]When at the moment they are currently living on a pay cut of -18% due to the rising costs of living. The whole point is to be seen as noisy and an inconvenience! IT'S A STRIKE!! It's there for them to prove a point that without them it's an inconvenience for all around. They're not asking for much and it's either that or as the25man said above, those that want the jobs will take them - i.e. our European friends who get everything for free from our Government so don't mind the ridiculously low wages! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 1

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