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Public sector strikes: Closures in Morley

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Council-run services are set to close for a day tomorrow (Thursday) as thousands of staff prepare for a one-day strike as part of a wave of public sector walkouts.

Firefighters in the city are also preparing to strike tomorrow and are asking people to take care during the nine-hour period of industrial action.

Leeds City Council has published a list of services that are confirmed to be affected, which includes Morley Leisure Centre.

Siegen Day Centre and Springfield Day Centre will both be closed along with West Ardsley Fulfilling Lives at Blackgates and the Lavinia Baker Room at Morley Library and Morley North Children’s Centre will also be closed.

Closures will also include some youth clubs, one-stop centres and various other civic buildings.

Bulky waste collections scheduled for Thursday will also not operate, and people with a collection arranged are asked to call 0113 222 4406 to book an alternative date.

Up to 70 percent of the city’s schools are also expected to shut as more than 3,000 NUT members working in 254 schools in Leeds stage walkouts.

Across the country, up to 1.5 million workers are expected to take part in the wave of action.

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: While it is hoped that disruption to essential services will be kept to a minimum, it is anticipated that some Leeds City Council-run services could be closed or severely disrupted.

“Continuity plans to try to minimise the impact of the strike on critical services for our most vulnerable residents have been put in place and information will be provided through a regularly-updated page on the Leeds City Council website.

“Parents are also advised to check with their child’s school in advance to find out if they will be affected.”

More information on Leeds closures can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/industrialaction.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will also be striking and is reminding people to take extra care.

The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) is holding its 15th strike, which will run from 10am-7pm.

Assistant Chief Fire Officers Dave Walton called the announcement of further strike action “extremely concerning.”

He said: “We are very disappointed that we are in this position once again and are forced to divert yet more time and resources towards providing contingency arrangements.

“Contingency provisions will not provide the normal level of fire cover across West Yorkshire so I ask the public once again to take extra care and not to place any unnecessary, non-emergency demand on our reduced resources.

“We reiterate our plea for the Fire Brigades Union and the Minister to find a way to resolve this long running dispute.”

The decision for strike action relates to an on-going trade dispute over its public sector pension reform programme.

 

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