Business as usual despite strikes, say council chiefs

Daily Echo: Business as usual despite strikes, say council chiefs Business as usual despite strikes, say council chiefs

THE unions claimed the strikes were a hard-hitting show of anger, but last night local government and authority bosses insisted there had been no real impact on public services.

County human resources boss Councillor Stephen Reid said last night the overall impact of the unions’ strike on had been ‘minimal’ and frontline services continued on.

He said: “While we could not be certain until Wednesday exactly how many staff would join the strike because they do not have to inform us in advance, the situation today is as we had anticipated.”

The county council claimed yesterday afternoon that a total of 293 workers walked out – 2.3 per cent of its 12,600 workforce.

This was mostly in adult social care services as well as library workers, although all but three libraries remained open.

Unions claimed the council’s figures were too low as many would be striking on shifts later in the day and would not be included.

The figures also excluded the number of teachers who went out from 51 county council schools which were disrupted or completely closed.

Southampton City Council was unable to comment on how many of its staff went on strike.

But the bins in Southampton were not collected as refuse workers joined the action and all its libraries shut. Some 70 schools in its area were disrupted or closed.

In Eastleigh, council chiefs said strike numbers had not been collated and that all services have run as normal except waste and recycling collections.

Council Leader Keith House said: “I very much regret this national strike action. The only people that may be affected are some local residents and businesses.

“We will do everything we can to minimize any disruption to our services.”

A New Forest District Council spokesman said a total of 84 of the council’s 1,300 staff had gone out on strike, with the highest proportion being in environment services.

Bins were collected in Gosport because its borough council outsources its collection services.

About 180 out of its 274 staff went out, which equated to 66 per cent of the workforce.

In Fareham just 14 per cent of the workforce went on strike.

A council spokesman said: “We would expect few residents to have noticed any change in the delivery of our services.

It has been more or less business as usual.

“This is partly due to a low number of employees opting to strike and having a reliable contingency strategy in place.”

But over in Test Valley Borough none of its 446 staff went out on strike.

Winchester City Council was unavailable for comment.

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11:14am Fri 11 Jul 14

Revolution802 says...

Is this proof that the Unions complete Ideological, idiotic pests, "business as usual", so it should be.
Is this proof that the Unions complete Ideological, idiotic pests, "business as usual", so it should be. Revolution802
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1:21pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Buntylicious says...

Yes "business as usual" - bins not collected on one of the hottest days of the year and still not collected today (as of 1.20pm).
Yes "business as usual" - bins not collected on one of the hottest days of the year and still not collected today (as of 1.20pm). Buntylicious
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1:36pm Fri 11 Jul 14

southy says...

The figures are being played down not by a little but by a lot, for the whole of the UK just over 1 million took 1 day strike action, Some parts of the County did have little support but thats not surprising really as those where not Union members to the public services.
The figures are being played down not by a little but by a lot, for the whole of the UK just over 1 million took 1 day strike action, Some parts of the County did have little support but thats not surprising really as those where not Union members to the public services. southy
  • Score: -2

1:46pm Fri 11 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

What is very sad, is those who chose to ignore the strikes get called childish names.

All those decent workers that went to work suffered abuse from their own work colleagues.

I guess some people are still stuck in the 70's and really need to grow up.

Well done to those who didn't strike and continued to work for the public they chose to work for.
What is very sad, is those who chose to ignore the strikes get called childish names. All those decent workers that went to work suffered abuse from their own work colleagues. I guess some people are still stuck in the 70's and really need to grow up. Well done to those who didn't strike and continued to work for the public they chose to work for. IronLady2010
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4:50pm Fri 11 Jul 14

sparkster says...

I agree IronLady not everyone wants to strike especially those with families to feed
I agree IronLady not everyone wants to strike especially those with families to feed sparkster
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