Town hall bosses trying to arrange emergency cover for Thursday's strikes

Bolton Town Hall

Bolton Town Hall

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

NEGOTIATIONS are taking place to ensure emergency cover is in place for Bolton’s most vulnerable residents when council workers walk out on strike.

The public sector pay row will see schools and services close on Thursday.

But Bolton Council’s chief executive, Sean Harriss, insists it has not resulted from a “dispute” specifically with the local authority.

Mr Harriss stressed that Bolton Council’s staff are walking out of work on July 10 as part of a national dispute and that the council has been preparing for the possibility of disruption for “over a month”.

He added that negotiations have been conducted with striking trade unions to ensure emergency cover is still provided to help vulnerable members of the community.

Unison, Unite and GMB have opted to strike in protest at the National Employers’ pay offer of one per cent for 2014/15.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is striking on the same day as part of its on-running dispute with the government over pensions, pay and conditions of service.

Many schools in Bolton are currently finalising plans over whether to close for the day and parents should consult the Schools Directory on bolton.gov.uk Mr Harriss said: “The most important thing from my point of view is that this is a national dispute and not related to any specific grievances with Bolton Council.

“Libraries, children’s centres, adults’ centres, refuse collection — all these things the public would seek to access will not take place.

“I want to make sure that people are aware of what is going to happen. We are putting on emergency cover to provide essential services. We have held constructive discussions with the trade unions ensuring that there is minimal cover to help vulnerable children and adults.”

All council staff who are not members of a union have been offered work elsewhere for the day if their department is shut.

Bolton Council is signed up to National Employers and Unison has argued the council should have done more to influence their pay offer.

Mr Harriss said: “A set of national negotiations has been completed. A pay offer has been made and trade unions are in dispute with that.”

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

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10:56am Tue 8 Jul 14

magic dragon says...

"All council staff who are not members of a union have been offered work elsewhere for the day if their department is shut."


Would this be the option to stay away or sit in the canteen all day at Mayor Street depot? This is the only option given to Environmental Service workers.
"All council staff who are not members of a union have been offered work elsewhere for the day if their department is shut." Would this be the option to stay away or sit in the canteen all day at Mayor Street depot? This is the only option given to Environmental Service workers. magic dragon
  • Score: 6

11:47am Tue 8 Jul 14

mrs philainsy says...

If our Bins are not emptied, our streets not cleaned, and our council tax queries not answered through striking staff - do we get a council tax refund?



#not likely matey.
If our Bins are not emptied, our streets not cleaned, and our council tax queries not answered through striking staff - do we get a council tax refund? #not likely matey. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 6

1:03pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

Calm down; it's only a council strike. We won't notice a difference in anything. Just hope the money savings from the days' salary of the strikers is given back to us.
Calm down; it's only a council strike. We won't notice a difference in anything. Just hope the money savings from the days' salary of the strikers is given back to us. Chrome1
  • Score: 10

4:58pm Tue 8 Jul 14

devs says...

If they don't like the pay and conditions get another job.
That includes the firemen.
If they don't like the pay and conditions get another job. That includes the firemen. devs
  • Score: -7

8:44pm Tue 8 Jul 14

nigella farrage says...

devs, would you be prepared to step in and do their job, if offered?
devs, would you be prepared to step in and do their job, if offered? nigella farrage
  • Score: -2

9:00pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Blackrod says...

In the meantime the health service picks up the pieces from social care whilst trying to cover work whilst staff have to take time off to look after kids due to school closures. Is this really worth it when those on minimum wage can't afford a union. Priorities, get some without costing the towns vulnerable or tax paying residents.
In the meantime the health service picks up the pieces from social care whilst trying to cover work whilst staff have to take time off to look after kids due to school closures. Is this really worth it when those on minimum wage can't afford a union. Priorities, get some without costing the towns vulnerable or tax paying residents. Blackrod
  • Score: 6

9:46pm Wed 9 Jul 14

toryhater says...

I am a local government worker, and refuse to be bullied by you idiots on here who want to demonised because I think a 20% pay cut over the last 4 years is wrong, I’m not well paid, but I work hard to provide a public service, I refuse to allow you idiots to promote that we should be in a race to the bottom, you are probably the divs who then spout off that the foreigners are all taking our jobs. The highly paid, bankers, mp’s corporate business’s bosses, footballers etc is were the focus should be on, I work hard for my pay I want to be paid fairly for the work I do. The society we live in condemns the poor and poorest working class, people who want to fight for a decent standard of living, then when things go wrong and we are not in too a high paid job so need to look to the benefits system to help us out you start again – well turn your attention to the greedy pigs with their snouts in the troughs and try to do your bit to make society a fairer place to be, chase the tax avoider’s, the football players and the such and leave the working class alone.
I am a local government worker, and refuse to be bullied by you idiots on here who want to demonised because I think a 20% pay cut over the last 4 years is wrong, I’m not well paid, but I work hard to provide a public service, I refuse to allow you idiots to promote that we should be in a race to the bottom, you are probably the divs who then spout off that the foreigners are all taking our jobs. The highly paid, bankers, mp’s corporate business’s bosses, footballers etc is were the focus should be on, I work hard for my pay I want to be paid fairly for the work I do. The society we live in condemns the poor and poorest working class, people who want to fight for a decent standard of living, then when things go wrong and we are not in too a high paid job so need to look to the benefits system to help us out you start again – well turn your attention to the greedy pigs with their snouts in the troughs and try to do your bit to make society a fairer place to be, chase the tax avoider’s, the football players and the such and leave the working class alone. toryhater
  • Score: 0

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