Schools to close and bin collections to be cancelled as Bolton Council workers prepare to strike on Thursday

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A STRIKE involving council workers and teachers will see schools close and bins go uncollected on Thursday.

Bolton Council has rel-eased details of the ser-vices that will be affected by the industrial action on July 10.

Members of Unison, Un-ite and GMB will walk out as part of a national public strike over pay.

From 6am, picket lines will be held outside council depots and offices, while a rally will take place in Victoria Square from 10.30am.

All the council’s enquiry access points and buildings will be closed to the public, including the One Stop Shop in the town hall, the library, museum and arch-ive services.

Adult social care day ser-vices will also be closed, while bin collections will not be carried out.

Normal collections will resume on the next scheduled pick-up date.

The council expects many schools will be closed, but parents are being asked to check with headteachers to see whether specific scho-ols, nurseries or children’s centres will be open.

Bolton Unison branch secretary Bernadette Gall-agher said members want Bolton Council to apply pressure nationally to get pay improved.

She said: “Obviously we regret any effect on services as we want public services to stay in the public sector.

“However, our dispute is with a national body which Bolton Council is signed up to.

“We would hope Bolton Council will try and influence them to improve pay, which has fallen by up to 20 per cent over the last few years.”

Bolton Council’s tele-phone service will be limited on Thursday, but anyone with an emergency should contact the council on 01204 333333 between 8am and 5.30pm.

Unison rejected an offer of a one per cent pay increase, and has campaigned for a £1 an hour minimum rise for most staff and a £1.20 increase for the lowest paid.

A council spokesman said: “We are working acr-oss the council to prepare for the implications of strike action.

“Our priority is to maintain services to the most vulnerable residents and service users.”

For more information on bin collections affected by the strike, you should contact 01204 336632.

For school closure infor-mation, visit www.bolton.

gov.uk/schooldirectory.

l FIREFIGHTERS are set to go on strike at peak times over eight cons-ecutive days over their pensions.

They will walk out from 6am to 8am, and then again from 5pm to 7pm on July 14, 15, 16 and 17, from 6am to 8am and 11pm to 1am on July 18.

They will also walk out from 11am to 1pm and 11pm to 1am on July 19, from 6am to 8am and from 5pm to 7pm on July 20, and from 6am to 8am and from 5pm to 7pm on July 21.

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3:49pm Mon 7 Jul 14

fay clarke says...

I have lost count of spelling mistakes in this article.
I have lost count of spelling mistakes in this article. fay clarke
  • Score: 4

3:55pm Mon 7 Jul 14

fay clarke says...

I have found ten mistakes but I bet there is more.
I have found ten mistakes but I bet there is more. fay clarke
  • Score: 4

4:12pm Mon 7 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Oh shut up with the petty grammar policing.
Oh shut up with the petty grammar policing. mr.mark.c
  • Score: -6

4:13pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Hannah4 says...

fay clarke wrote:
I have found ten mistakes but I bet there is more.
'are more'
[quote][p][bold]fay clarke[/bold] wrote: I have found ten mistakes but I bet there is more.[/p][/quote]'are more' Hannah4
  • Score: 44

4:14pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Cakelly says...

fay clarke wrote:
I have found ten mistakes but I bet there is more.
Shouldn't that be... I bet there are more!?
[quote][p][bold]fay clarke[/bold] wrote: I have found ten mistakes but I bet there is more.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't that be... I bet there are more!? Cakelly
  • Score: 25

4:23pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Reality50 says...

More outdated left wing trade union militancy. This is 2014 not 1979.
More outdated left wing trade union militancy. This is 2014 not 1979. Reality50
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MissDemocracy says...

Oh great yeah... more strikes over **** all... I work for minimum wage, casual shifts, long unsociable hours and minimal breaks. But I'm better off than people who want to work but can't... like those living with the after effects of cancer... or learning disabilities... physical disabilities etc... it isn't really any wonder that there is a growing concern over children's education and lack of work ethic as they grow older when a council closes it's services because the salary they get paid... which is more than minimum wage isn't enough! I'd like a £1.20 an hour pay rise... but I'm not going to neglect an entire town over it!
Oh great yeah... more strikes over **** all... I work for minimum wage, casual shifts, long unsociable hours and minimal breaks. But I'm better off than people who want to work but can't... like those living with the after effects of cancer... or learning disabilities... physical disabilities etc... it isn't really any wonder that there is a growing concern over children's education and lack of work ethic as they grow older when a council closes it's services because the salary they get paid... which is more than minimum wage isn't enough! I'd like a £1.20 an hour pay rise... but I'm not going to neglect an entire town over it! MissDemocracy
  • Score: 23

4:45pm Mon 7 Jul 14

holloway_david says...

Open question! -- Where do the council unions expect any extra to come from?

Surely not from another increase in council tax -------- "oops" I think I may have given the answer!!!!!!!!!!
Open question! -- Where do the council unions expect any extra to come from? Surely not from another increase in council tax -------- "oops" I think I may have given the answer!!!!!!!!!! holloway_david
  • Score: 15

5:04pm Mon 7 Jul 14

stereo_world says...

Stop the petty squabbling and sort yourselves the **** out. It's a wonder how our nation was ever one of the world's powerful empires.

If it's not Bolton Council workers causing school closures, it's teachers causing school closures!

This country is turning into a right mess. I don't blame the scottish for wanting to leave.
Stop the petty squabbling and sort yourselves the **** out. It's a wonder how our nation was ever one of the world's powerful empires. If it's not Bolton Council workers causing school closures, it's teachers causing school closures! This country is turning into a right mess. I don't blame the scottish for wanting to leave. stereo_world
  • Score: 10

5:10pm Mon 7 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

holloway_david wrote:
Open question! -- Where do the council unions expect any extra to come from?

Surely not from another increase in council tax -------- "oops" I think I may have given the answer!!!!!!!!!!
Simple, they will make people redundant to cover it, £2.3k a year extra X how many staff ? sacking 1 in 10 may just about cover it.
[quote][p][bold]holloway_david[/bold] wrote: Open question! -- Where do the council unions expect any extra to come from? Surely not from another increase in council tax -------- "oops" I think I may have given the answer!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Simple, they will make people redundant to cover it, £2.3k a year extra X how many staff ? sacking 1 in 10 may just about cover it. mr.mark.c
  • Score: -6

5:36pm Mon 7 Jul 14

pstuart says...

My bin not being emptied on Thursday should be headline news!

Why are we not being allowed to comment on Saturdays story about
Eden Boys School opening and run by the Tauheelul Free Schools Trust.

Just Google them!
My bin not being emptied on Thursday should be headline news! Why are we not being allowed to comment on Saturdays story about Eden Boys School opening and run by the Tauheelul Free Schools Trust. Just Google them! pstuart
  • Score: 14

5:40pm Mon 7 Jul 14

abbersbolton says...

That web address for info about schools striking (as well as being mis-formatted and broken) had no information whatsoever?
That web address for info about schools striking (as well as being mis-formatted and broken) had no information whatsoever? abbersbolton
  • Score: -2

6:00pm Mon 7 Jul 14

DAUBHILL85 says...

Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse).
Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.
Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse). Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school. DAUBHILL85
  • Score: 8

9:14pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Rawenergy says...

Council workers = lazy to$$ers
Council workers = lazy to$$ers Rawenergy
  • Score: 0

11:11pm Mon 7 Jul 14

asian-nation says...

DAUBHILL85 wrote:
Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse).
Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.
Ur just a idiot. Another racist
[quote][p][bold]DAUBHILL85[/bold] wrote: Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse). Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.[/p][/quote]Ur just a idiot. Another racist asian-nation
  • Score: -3

11:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

DAUBHILL85 says...

asian-nation wrote:
DAUBHILL85 wrote:
Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse).
Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.
Ur just a idiot. Another racist
asian-nation says... Ur just a idiot. Another racist


And the rest of the black bin bags in the back streets will be dumped by your lot.
[quote][p][bold]asian-nation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DAUBHILL85[/bold] wrote: Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse). Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.[/p][/quote]Ur just a idiot. Another racist[/p][/quote]asian-nation says... Ur just a idiot. Another racist And the rest of the black bin bags in the back streets will be dumped by your lot. DAUBHILL85
  • Score: -13

8:33am Tue 8 Jul 14

Blackrod says...

More importantly than spelling issues is/are the issues around the impact this bullying will have on others. Not just the kids missing a day of school, or me needing a day off work but the 17 patients I have to cancel in my clinic. Don't go knocking health services one week on here teachers / council staff then expect me to support you. My colleagues will spend another 8 miles dropping off kids to me, so they don't need to cancel a collective of their 64 patients!! Don't get me started on the fire service perks v minimal wage most of my mates are on..
More importantly than spelling issues is/are the issues around the impact this bullying will have on others. Not just the kids missing a day of school, or me needing a day off work but the 17 patients I have to cancel in my clinic. Don't go knocking health services one week on here teachers / council staff then expect me to support you. My colleagues will spend another 8 miles dropping off kids to me, so they don't need to cancel a collective of their 64 patients!! Don't get me started on the fire service perks v minimal wage most of my mates are on.. Blackrod
  • Score: 4

9:25am Tue 8 Jul 14

IvanCamposHair says...

DAUBHILL85 wrote:
Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse).
Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.
Yes because white people never fly tip. I like in a completely white street and have ongoing discussions with my lovely neighbour about leaving his bins everywhere except his own back yard, so go pollute some message board elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]DAUBHILL85[/bold] wrote: Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse). Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.[/p][/quote]Yes because white people never fly tip. I like in a completely white street and have ongoing discussions with my lovely neighbour about leaving his bins everywhere except his own back yard, so go pollute some message board elsewhere. IvanCamposHair
  • Score: 1

10:41am Tue 8 Jul 14

DAUBHILL85 says...

IvanCamposHair wrote:
DAUBHILL85 wrote:
Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse).
Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.
Yes because white people never fly tip. I like in a completely white street and have ongoing discussions with my lovely neighbour about leaving his bins everywhere except his own back yard, so go pollute some message board elsewhere.
No it's ok I'm fine here having my opinion heard.
And get a hair -cut !!!!
[quote][p][bold]IvanCamposHair[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DAUBHILL85[/bold] wrote: Well no doubt the bin strike on Thursdays up around willows lane will give the somalians, eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese, etc,etc, in this area more reason to dump their black bin bags in the back streets (not that they ever need an excuse). Well they need to put it somewhere as most have a pile of kid's to look after, just look at Alexandria st. nursery and brandwood st school.[/p][/quote]Yes because white people never fly tip. I like in a completely white street and have ongoing discussions with my lovely neighbour about leaving his bins everywhere except his own back yard, so go pollute some message board elsewhere.[/p][/quote]No it's ok I'm fine here having my opinion heard. And get a hair -cut !!!! DAUBHILL85
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

holloway_david says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
holloway_david wrote:
Open question! -- Where do the council unions expect any extra to come from?

Surely not from another increase in council tax -------- "oops" I think I may have given the answer!!!!!!!!!!
Simple, they will make people redundant to cover it, £2.3k a year extra X how many staff ? sacking 1 in 10 may just about cover it.
Are you denying council tax will not be used? this is a Labour led council when all said and done.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]holloway_david[/bold] wrote: Open question! -- Where do the council unions expect any extra to come from? Surely not from another increase in council tax -------- "oops" I think I may have given the answer!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Simple, they will make people redundant to cover it, £2.3k a year extra X how many staff ? sacking 1 in 10 may just about cover it.[/p][/quote]Are you denying council tax will not be used? this is a Labour led council when all said and done. holloway_david
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Tue 8 Jul 14

holloway_david says...

Cakelly wrote:
fay clarke wrote:
I have found ten mistakes but I bet there is more.
Shouldn't that be... I bet there are more!?
Mo-re wha-t
[quote][p][bold]Cakelly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fay clarke[/bold] wrote: I have found ten mistakes but I bet there is more.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't that be... I bet there are more!?[/p][/quote]Mo-re wha-t holloway_david
  • Score: 0

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