PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKES: Hundreds of workers go on strike in Rugby

Strike action in Rugby  Pictured: Tracey Marks, Jess Morgan & Karen Hillman outside the Town Hall.
Strike action in Rugby Pictured: Tracey Marks, Jess Morgan & Karen Hillman outside the Town Hall.

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.

BINS

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.

PUBLIC TOILETS

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

SCHOOLS

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

HOSPITALS

There will be no routine blood tests for outpatients available at the following hospitals today (Wednesday)

George Eliot Hospital

Stratford Hospital

Warwick 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.