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Strikers to picket outside East Lancashire town halls

Chorley Citizen: Flashback to last year’s public sector industrial action Flashback to last year’s public sector industrial action

PICKET lines are expected outside East Lancashire’s town halls as a one-day strike disrupts council services tomorrow.

Six trade unions will take national industrial action over pay and pensions.

Burnley, Hyndburn and Rossendale boroughs have now warned of potential disruption.

Dozens of schools will also be affected as teachers and support staff join the ‘Day of Action’.

The action by local government unions Unison, Unite and the GMB will be joined by civil servants in the Public and Commercial Services Union, the National Union of Teachers and the Fire Brigades’ Union.

As well as picket lines, there will be rallies in Preston, Liverpool, Manchester and Chester.

UNISON members in local authorities and schools will spearhead the action over low pay and pensions. North West head of local government John Lewis said: “A decent pay rise for local government and school support staff is long overdue. People don’t go on strike lightly but our members see no alternative.

“This will be the biggest day of industrial action in the public sector in living memory.”

A Hyndburn Council spokeswoman said: “Services such as general waste collection, street cleansing, Accrington Market, and the Great Harwood and Accrington leisure centres are expected to remain open.

“Some will be reduced and the council’s contact centre, including the main switchboard, will be closed. Accrington Town Hall reception will be closed, although our Scaitcliffe House office should be open.”

Burnley Council’s resources director Helen Seechurn said waste collection, street cleansing, Burnley Markets, leisure centres and Towneley Hall would be unaffected.

The annual Burnley Community Sports Awards will go ahead.

She warned the council’s contact centre, the main switchboard and Burnley Town Hall reception would close.

A Rossendale Council spokeswoman said there could be disruption to some services.

Lancashire County, Blackburn with Darwen and Ribble Valley councils hope to maintain key services but Pendle Council offices will close and most of the borough’s services will be unavailable.

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12:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Johnh1995 says...

Absolutely pathetic. Sack the lot
Absolutely pathetic. Sack the lot Johnh1995
  • Score: -7

1:22pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Copperhead says...

Teachers were t*ssers when I was at school 50yrs ago and it looks like nothing has changed.
Teachers were t*ssers when I was at school 50yrs ago and it looks like nothing has changed. Copperhead
  • Score: -6

2:21pm Wed 9 Jul 14

shytalk says...

They will lose a days pay and nothing will change.
They will lose a days pay and nothing will change. shytalk
  • Score: 7

7:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

Copperhead wrote:
Teachers were t*ssers when I was at school 50yrs ago and it looks like nothing has changed.
I'm surprised you went to school.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Teachers were t*ssers when I was at school 50yrs ago and it looks like nothing has changed.[/p][/quote]I'm surprised you went to school. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

7:11pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

Johnh1995 wrote:
Absolutely pathetic. Sack the lot
Cretin.
[quote][p][bold]Johnh1995[/bold] wrote: Absolutely pathetic. Sack the lot[/p][/quote]Cretin. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 6

10:54pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor says...

Working people, whether in the private or public sector, have lost earnings (wages, benefits and pensions) by 10% in the last 5 years. Conversely the very richest thousand people in the UK have increased their wealth by £190 billion. Indeed their gain almost exactly matches the loss of earnings of working people. Isn't it time that we stopped dividing and ruling ourselves and shouting abuse at whoever is trying to maintain and improve their earnings and support any who are trying to make it better for ordinary working people.
Working people, whether in the private or public sector, have lost earnings (wages, benefits and pensions) by 10% in the last 5 years. Conversely the very richest thousand people in the UK have increased their wealth by £190 billion. Indeed their gain almost exactly matches the loss of earnings of working people. Isn't it time that we stopped dividing and ruling ourselves and shouting abuse at whoever is trying to maintain and improve their earnings and support any who are trying to make it better for ordinary working people. Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor
  • Score: 6

12:53am Thu 10 Jul 14

the beaver says...

Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor wrote:
Working people, whether in the private or public sector, have lost earnings (wages, benefits and pensions) by 10% in the last 5 years. Conversely the very richest thousand people in the UK have increased their wealth by £190 billion. Indeed their gain almost exactly matches the loss of earnings of working people. Isn't it time that we stopped dividing and ruling ourselves and shouting abuse at whoever is trying to maintain and improve their earnings and support any who are trying to make it better for ordinary working people.
Some people have the get up and go and take risks others work for the government sectors and sit on there backsides and demand a living and a big pension. Out of that 1000 richest I bet there is tens of thousands lost the lot including there homes trying to be rich. How dare you, taking the easy option talking out your backside while taking taxpayers money, down easy street. Do you think the rich go to the times newspaper with their bank statement? its utter rubbish how do you know how much they have earned? get your facts right the rich list is comic book just to sell newspapers. Your all overpaid civil servants try working in the real world. If your all worth more money why are you not leaving to work in the private sector?
[quote][p][bold]Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor[/bold] wrote: Working people, whether in the private or public sector, have lost earnings (wages, benefits and pensions) by 10% in the last 5 years. Conversely the very richest thousand people in the UK have increased their wealth by £190 billion. Indeed their gain almost exactly matches the loss of earnings of working people. Isn't it time that we stopped dividing and ruling ourselves and shouting abuse at whoever is trying to maintain and improve their earnings and support any who are trying to make it better for ordinary working people.[/p][/quote]Some people have the get up and go and take risks others work for the government sectors and sit on there backsides and demand a living and a big pension. Out of that 1000 richest I bet there is tens of thousands lost the lot including there homes trying to be rich. How dare you, taking the easy option talking out your backside while taking taxpayers money, down easy street. Do you think the rich go to the times newspaper with their bank statement? its utter rubbish how do you know how much they have earned? get your facts right the rich list is comic book just to sell newspapers. Your all overpaid civil servants try working in the real world. If your all worth more money why are you not leaving to work in the private sector? the beaver
  • Score: -2

7:07am Thu 10 Jul 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Let them strike for as long as they want, they won't be missed.
Let them strike for as long as they want, they won't be missed. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: -17

7:13am Thu 10 Jul 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor wrote:
Working people, whether in the private or public sector, have lost earnings (wages, benefits and pensions) by 10% in the last 5 years. Conversely the very richest thousand people in the UK have increased their wealth by £190 billion. Indeed their gain almost exactly matches the loss of earnings of working people. Isn't it time that we stopped dividing and ruling ourselves and shouting abuse at whoever is trying to maintain and improve their earnings and support any who are trying to make it better for ordinary working people.
"Blame the rich". What an easy, off the shelf quote. I bet you're a Labour councillor.

The public sector gets paid from taxpayers money while putting nothing back themselves. They get paid more on average than the private sector and get better benefits / pensions.
The public sector is heavily bloated with many of the jobs there being unneccessary, particularly anything with 'equality' or diversity' in the job title.
Yet all the while they want more. We in the private sector are the ones who create the goods and services and we're also the people who pay the public sector wages. It's time they stopped demanding more from us.

As for the rich, they're the ones who created all the real jobs (not public sector) in the first place. They are the ones who risk their money and give up their time and home life in order to make a success of themselves. Along the way, they make money and we get jobs.

We shouldn't be demonising them, we should be trying to be more like them.
[quote][p][bold]Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor[/bold] wrote: Working people, whether in the private or public sector, have lost earnings (wages, benefits and pensions) by 10% in the last 5 years. Conversely the very richest thousand people in the UK have increased their wealth by £190 billion. Indeed their gain almost exactly matches the loss of earnings of working people. Isn't it time that we stopped dividing and ruling ourselves and shouting abuse at whoever is trying to maintain and improve their earnings and support any who are trying to make it better for ordinary working people.[/p][/quote]"Blame the rich". What an easy, off the shelf quote. I bet you're a Labour councillor. The public sector gets paid from taxpayers money while putting nothing back themselves. They get paid more on average than the private sector and get better benefits / pensions. The public sector is heavily bloated with many of the jobs there being unneccessary, particularly anything with 'equality' or diversity' in the job title. Yet all the while they want more. We in the private sector are the ones who create the goods and services and we're also the people who pay the public sector wages. It's time they stopped demanding more from us. As for the rich, they're the ones who created all the real jobs (not public sector) in the first place. They are the ones who risk their money and give up their time and home life in order to make a success of themselves. Along the way, they make money and we get jobs. We shouldn't be demonising them, we should be trying to be more like them. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

8:17am Thu 10 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Let them strike for as long as they want, they won't be missed.
We'll see about that when your house catches fire and you ring for the fire and rescue service.
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Let them strike for as long as they want, they won't be missed.[/p][/quote]We'll see about that when your house catches fire and you ring for the fire and rescue service. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -1

8:59am Thu 10 Jul 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Let them strike for as long as they want, they won't be missed.
We'll see about that when your house catches fire and you ring for the fire and rescue service.
At least I never have to ring for a diversity co-ordinator or smoking cessation officer
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Let them strike for as long as they want, they won't be missed.[/p][/quote]We'll see about that when your house catches fire and you ring for the fire and rescue service.[/p][/quote]At least I never have to ring for a diversity co-ordinator or smoking cessation officer BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 3
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