AT LEAST 23 schools in the Rugby borough are closed this morning (Wednesday) as teachers and other public sector workers go strike.
Teachers, police and fire staff, council workers and hospital staff have all walked out as a day of industrial action gets underway.
It is set to be the biggest day of strikes in the town for decades in a row over pensions.
RUGBY Borough Council (RBC) is expecting disruption to its bin collections today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday).
It is expecting to suspend green bin (garden waste and food) collections on Thursday (December 1) in order to allow workers to collect blue-lid bins (recyclables) that were missed on Wednesday (November).
Blue-lid Bin Collections - There will be limited collections on 30 November 2011. If we do not collect your bin please re-present your bin for collection before 7.30am on Thursday 1 December.
There will be changes to collections on Thursday 1 December. If we normally collect your bin on this day please ensure that it is presented ready for collection by 7.30am.
Black Bin Collections - No reported problems.
Green Bin Collections - There will be no Green Bin collection on Wednesday 30 November or Thursday 1 December. We will collect your waste on 14 or 15 December.
RBC is not currently anticipating any significant disruption to other council services. The Town Hall is open as usual.
For more information on the disruption caused by planned strikes by public sector workers visit www.rugby.gov.uk/servicedisruption.
North Street toilets will be closed today (Wednesday). The nearest alternative toilets are in Caldecott Park, the Clock Towers Shopping Centre, or the Town Hall.
WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is working to ensure disruption to services is kept to a minimum when public sector workers go on strike.
The strike is planned for all public sector workers because of planned changes to public sector pensions which will see workers’ contributions going up along with the retirement age being increased.
Where possible, managers have planned ahead to mitigate the impact of disruption through a range of measures such as distributing staff cover across teams, postponing non-essential leave, meetings and training.
Certain services have submitted exemption requests to the unions for staff due to the critical nature of the services provided – services which relate to those in the highest need such as vulnerable people.
Bob Perks, head of Human Resources, said: “Whilst we fully respect workers’ rights to strike, the council has a duty to provide a degree of service in several areas. We have worked to create a contingency plan to ensure vulnerable people still receive essential services.
“What we can also do is to provide residents with information so that they know what services will be affected. We are using all the communications channels we can to ensure that the public is fully informed.
The council is working closely with unions and, as more detail becomes available, will be providing a central source of information through www.warwickshire.gov.uk/strikes and on Twitter @WarksDirect
Open Abbots Farm Infant School
Closed Abbots Farm Junior School
Closed Ashlawn School
Open Barby Primary School
Closed Bawnmore Infant School
Closed Bilton C.Of E. Junior School
Closed Bilton Infant School
Closed Bilton School Maths and Computing College
Partial Binley Woods Primary School
Closed Boughton Leigh Infant School
Closed Boughton Leigh Junior School
Closed Brooke School
Open Brownsover Community School
Open Cawston Grange Primary School
Open Clifton-Upon-Dunsmore C.Of E. Primary School
Partial Dunchurch Boughton C.Of E. (Voluntary Aided) Junior School
Closed Dunchurch Infant School
Open Eastlands Primary School
Closed English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
Partial Harris School
Closed Henry Hinde Infant School
Closed Henry Hinde Junior School
Closed Hillmorton Primary School
Open Knightlow C.Of E. Primary School
Partial Lawrence Sheriff School
Open Leamington Hastings C.Of E. Infant School
Closed Long Lawford Primary School
Closed Newbold Riverside Primary School
Closed Northlands Primary School
Open Oakfield Primary School
Closed Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School
Closed Paddox Primary School
Closed Provost Williams C.Of E. Primary School
Open Rokeby Primary School
Closed Rugby High School
Open St Marks Pre School
Partial St. Andrew’s Benn C.Of E. (Voluntary Aided) Primary School
Open St. Marie’s Catholic Infant School
Open St. Marie’s Catholic Junior School
Closed St. Matthew’s Bloxam C.Of E. Primary School
Closed St. Oswald’s C.Of E. Primary School
Open Stockton Primary School Stockton
Closed The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College
Open The Merttens Teaching and Learning Centre
Closed The Revel C.Of E. (Aided) Primary School 7
Open Wolston St. Margaret’s C.Of E. Primary School
There will be no routine blood tests for outpatients available at the following hospitals today (Wednesday)
George Eliot Hospital
University Hospital, Coventry
A reduced service will be provided at Coventry and Warwick Hospital in Coventry city centre
A normal service is being planned at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby.