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Strikers could disrupt services on day of action

Residents across Melton borough might struggle to access council services when widespread strike action is taken next Thursday (July 10).

But many of our schools say they are likely to stay open that day.

Council staff, school support workers, teachers and civil servants are expected to support the day of protest against government policy around cuts in public sector services and jobs.

Members of public service union Unison, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the GMB union have voted to strike.

Melton Council spokeswoma Angela Tebbutt, said: “We are currently assessing the impact this strike might have on our services.

“It is likely to affect our call centre and the council tax and benefits departments.

“It might be we can keep these services going although customers may need to wait a little longer to be dealt with.

“A lot of our staff also have children so there will be a knock-on effect if the schools are all closed on that day too.”

Leicestershire County Council said it would post a list of any schools which will be closed on its website (www.leics.gov.uk)

Byron Rhodes, deputy county council leader, said: “We have tried and tested plans for managing strike action and are assessing the likely impact.

“As always, our priority will be keeping essential services running for vulnerable people.”

Several schools have contacted us to say they expect to be open on July 10 despite the strike.

Christine Stansfield, headteacher at John Ferneley College, Melton, said: “We are not expecting that the strike will affect our school and I can confirm that, at this stage, we are expecting to operate a normal timetable throughout the day for all students.”

At the time of going to press other schools which had confirmed they will be open are Melton’s largest primary school, Brownlow, St Mary’s CE Primary School, Stathern Primary School and The Pochin School at Barkby.

To check which schools are closed on July 10, go to www.leics.gov.uk and for an up-to-date position on the accessibility of Melton Council services visit www.melton.gov.uk

Parents are advised to check with their individual schools and listen to local radio for news of any forthcoming closures.

 

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