Strike action will disrupt services

News story
News story

A NUMBER of Wigan Council services will be disrupted this Thursday, including bin collections.

Members of GMB, Unite, Unison and NUT voted in favour of strike action over the full and final pay offer for Local Government workers for 2014/15.

A number of services across the council are likely to be disrupted, including schools, bin collections and adult day centres.

Parents should contact their child’s school to find out if they intend to close. School meals will still be available at those schools which remain open.

Bin collections have been cancelled. Those bins scheduled for collection this Thursday will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day.

In the meantime residents should take their extra waste to one the three Household Waste Recycling Centres in the borough, at Ince, Atherton and Leigh. Collections will resume as normal on Friday 11th July.

Residents are reminded to utilise their recycling bins to give them extra space in their black bin. To find out more about recycling visit Contaminated bins will not be collected.

The council’s bulky waste collection will be unavailable, as will pest control, except for emergencies. Registrars will have fewer staff, meaning fewer appointments will be available that day.

Alison McKenzie-Folan, director for customer transformation at Wigan Council, said: “A number of services across the council are likely to be disrupted due to the national strike action; we would ask customers and residents to visit our website at to keep up to date with the impact on services.

“We expect call waiting times to increase significantly and as such we would urge residents to only contact us for urgent issues. Alternatively use our website which can answer many of your queries, or contact us via email at”

The strike does not affect Wigan and Leigh Housing, though it may affect other public services, such as the fire service. Residents should check the local and national news to find out.

Affected bins and areas:

Black/Blue bins:




Appley Bridge




Brown/Green Bins:



Platt Bridge


Hindley - Blackberry Drive Estate