THE people of Wigan are being urged to be on their guard and have contingency plans on hand as details were unveiled as to how the borough will be hit by public sector strikes next week.
National industrial action taking place on Wednesday November 30, strikes having been called by trades unions with members including officers working in Wigan Council, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Wigan and Leigh Housing.
Several teaching unions have also balloted for strike action.
Many schools are expected to close, bins will go unemptied but recycling centres will stay open while Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust is also hoping to keep baths and leisure centres up and running.
Council Deputy Chief Executive Donna Hall said: “Wigan Council has put in place plans to minimise the impact on residents of the action.
“Our priority is to protect core services to our customers whilst we respect staff’s decision to protest against national issues.
Council employees who are members of a recognised trade union have been asked by their union to take strike action in response to proposed changes to public sector pension arrangements which affect the Local Government Pension Scheme and the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
“Although the trade unions are in dispute with the Government and not the council, the strike is likely to result in some school closures across the borough.
“In advance of the strike, managers within services are doing all they can to ensure that critical services continue to be provided to local residents.
“Each service has developed robust business continuity plans and all statutory duties will be met whilst maintaining health and safety in the workplace.”
Officers are asking that residents do not contact the council to inform them that a bin collection has been missed as they are aware of the locations affected on Wednesday.
For further information go to www.wigan.gov.uk/waste.
Schools are informing parents about closures on an individual basis.