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Nurses, teachers, social workers and bin men are among the two million people who are walking out over pension changes.
Dozens of workers from a range of unions have been stationed at picket lines outside hospitals and police stations across Essex this morning - campaigning against changes to pensions.
This lunchtime hundreds of workers from different unions gathered to rally and march in Chelmsford Town Centre.
Teachers, nurses, dinner ladies, bin men and social workers are just some of the 2 million people walking out today.
Stansted airport is expecting 16-thousand passengers today and tells Heart services are running on time with no disruption.
The East of England Ambulance Service which covers the county is asking us to only dial 999 in an emergency.
Essex Police tell Heart it's 'business as usual' - even though staff are expected to take part in the walkouts. Extra officers are being drafted in to fill the gaps.
As hundreds of workers march through Chelmsford - David Cameron's descibed it as a "damp squib."