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Strike will affect Ashfield District Council services on 10th July

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Ashfield District Council services will be affected by the biggest one day public sector walkout over pay since 2010 on 10th July.

Members of the UNISON GMB and Unite unions will walk out over pay and conditions.

They will be joined by firefighters, the PCS covering job centres and civil service offices and the National Union of Teachers.

Unison has claimed pay and below-inflation pay rises had reduced local government workers’ pay by 20 per cent since the coalition came to power in 2010.

The latest pay offer is worth one per cent to most workers.

It is expected that there will be reduced capacity to collect waste and recycling on the 10th, but householders are advised to leave their bins and boxes out for collection as normal and they will be collected if possible.

Leader of the Council, Coun Chris Baron said all efforts would be made to maintain service delivery on 10th July.

He said: “We would ask residents to be as patient as possible on the 10 July and only to contact the Council if urgent as we will be operating on reduced resources for that day.”

He added that any pay forfeited by employees whilst on strike would be paid to the Council’s four Area Committees and will be used in the future to fund local charities, community groups and events.

Customer service telephone lines will be open, but a reduced service is likely to be in operation.

A council spokesman added: “Depending on the nature of the enquiry there may be a delay in providing a response. If you experience difficulties contacting the Council, and your call is not urgent, please consider waiting until the following day.”

For up-to-date information about affected services, visit www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk or the Council’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

spokesman for Newark and Sherwood Distict Council said: “It is not known at this stage the likely impact of the proposed industrial action, but the Council will endeavour to keep all its front line services operational, and to those high standards the public have come to expect.”

 

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