Monday, 28 November 2011

Council’s services expected to be affected by strike action

Council’s services are expected to be affected on Wednesday 30 November as unions are planning a national day of industrial action over pension reforms.

Preparations are under way by the authority to try to minimise the amount of disruption to services and plans are in place to ensure that normal service is resumed as soon as possible.

This will affect waste and recycling collections normally made on Wednesday, however arrangements have been made for the following week.

As some local schools may also be closed due to the industrial action, services may be affected if staff members with childcare responsibilities are unable to make alternative arrangements.

Thanet District Council’s Chief Executive Sue McGonigal said: “This industrial action is being taken at a national level and it is not something that we can resolve locally.

“At this stage we cannot say to what extent services will be affected, but we apologise in advance for any disruption and every effort will be made to minimise the impact on residents and other service users.

“The dispute is not with the Council which has good working relationships with the unions.

 “To avoid any delays on the day, we would advise residents who wish to contact the Council, if possible, to wait until Thursday 1 December.  

“We are aiming to deliver normal services as far as we can and residents can obtain regular updates and details on service arrangements on our website,   

The Council’s Ramsgate office will be closed and Thanet’s Gateway Plus will have minimal staff. 

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