Dstrict set to be hit by strike action

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FENLAND looks set to be hit by the country’s biggest strike for a generation today (Wednesday) when public sector workers stage a mass walkout.

Children look set to enjoy an extra day’s holiday with up to 20 schools across the district already confirmed as being closed, with a further three only being partially open.

Closed schools include: Cromwell Community College, Elm Primary; Emneth Primary; Friday Bridge; Gorefield; Guyhirn; Kinderley; Manea; Marshland High; Meadowgate; Murrow; Neale-Wade Community College; Nene Infant; Orchards Primary; Payne Primary; Peckover Primary; Ramnoth Junior; Sir Harry Smith Community College, and Thomas Clarkson Community College.

Partially open are: Beaupre Primary; Kingsfield Primary; St Peter’s Junior.

For full details check the local authorities’ websites.

Nine schools have confirmed they will be open despite calls by union leaders to walk out in protest over proposed changes to public sector pensions, pay and conditions.

The school closures are likely to have a knock-on affect on private companies as parents are forced to take the day off to care for their children.

For the public at large services such as bin collections are likely to be among those most noticeably affected by the strike action - the biggest since the General Strike of 1926.

A Fenland Council spokesman said it was difficult to predict just what services would be affected, but said bin collections are most likely to be hit.

Anyone left with an unemptied bin will be advised of an alternative collection date.

The spokesman said: “Fenland District Council is monitoring the current situation to identify any issues that may arise as a result of the event of widespread industrial action.

“Business continuity plans are in place to minimise the effect as far as is possible on the services we provide to local people, particularly the most vulnerable members of our communities. We will be doing all we can to ensure that those services continue to operate effectively.”

Norfolk County Council issued a similar statement saying the authority was putting plans in place to minimise potential disruption.

People are being urged to help by only calling about emergency or time critical issues today and not about routine matters if at all possible.

Services such as recycling centres, leisure centres, and libraries could be affected and people are advised to check on these before visiting to avoid disappointment.

Holidaymakers could also see disruption at airports and ports as immigration staff look set to join the strike, so people travelling abroad should be prepared for possible queues and delays.