Take action before strike, says council


Residents are being urged to plan ahead as strike action approaches.

Council services across West Sussex and schools are expected to be affected by this week’s strikes, as five Unions have now announced industrial action on Thursday, July 10.

The National Union of Teachers will strike due to its ongoing dispute with the government about pay, pensions and working conditions and Unison, Unite and the GMB will strike over opposition to the government’s 1% pay award that has been offered to Local Government Staff. The Fire Brigades Union also announced this week that its firefighters would be joining the industrial action on Thursday, as part of its continuing dispute with the Government about pensions.

The County Council has stressed that the industrial action is the result of national disputes between the Government and the various unions and it has no control of the situation locally.

Whilst the County Council will be taking action to try and minimise the impact of the action on critical frontline services, it is inevitable that some services will be affected, and some school closures are expected.

Parents are being advised to check with their child’s school to see what impact the action is likely to have and whether the school will be closed, either fully or partially.

Residents are also being warned to expect some disruption across council services. WSCC will not know until the day the full impact of the strike but is working to ensure contingency plans are in place.

Details of any school or service closures on the County Council website at www.westsussex.gov.uk or by checking individual school websites. Full updates about the strike impact on council services will also be made available at www.westsussex.gov.uk

The Council’s call centre will remain open during the day as usual.

Further information will be available on the WSCC website at www.westsussex.gov.uk in the run up to and during the strike.