Strike closures confirmed across Port Talbot

29 November 2011

Public Sector Strike in Britain

The TUC-organised strike over Pensions is set to cause 'inevitable' disruption in Port Talbot. Photo by PRI's The World

ALL SCHOOLS, council offices, libraries, community centres and day centres are likely to be shut tomorrow as public service workers go out on strike in protest at the government’s pension proposals.

Two million workers are expected to support the strike across the UK. In Neath and Port Talbot, the council has said there will “inevitably” be “widespread disruption across the County Borough”.

As well as the closure of every school, all Council offices, libraries, community centres, Social Services Day Centres and other council buildings will shut their doors.

There will be no burials, cremations or funerals as Margam Crematorium and council cemeteries will also be closed.

Arts and leisure facilities including Margam Park, The Princess Royal Theatre and Pontardawe Arts Centre and all leisure facilities operated by Celtic Community Leisure will also be hit by the strike.

The Council has confirmed that there will be no refuse or recycling collections during the strike. It has also confirmed it will not run “catch-up” collections for residents who are affected by the strike, advising residents to check its website for full details. They have asked residents not to leave rubbish on the streets as it will not collected.

A council spokesperson said: “The Council is ensuring that critical services for the most vulnerable persons in Neath Port Talbot are safeguarded, along with the ability to respond to any emergencies which may arise.

“Residential care homes will continue to operate and community care services and community meals will be provided for those persons who have the greatest need.”

What do you think? Will you be affected by the strike? Do you support the strike, or are you angry about the disruption?

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