Council workers to strike on Tuesday

Nelson Town Hall
Nelson Town Hall

Services delivered by Pendle Council will be affected on Tuesday due to national strike action over public sector pay.

Pendle Council staff who are members of local government unions Unison, UNITE and GMB will be taking part in the strike.

Chief Executive Stephen Barnes explained: “The unions have called another strike following the public sector workers strike in July.

“Fortunately for residents, services delivered by our partner Liberata, such as our contact centre and the markets, will be available as normal. Some buildings, including Contact Pendle in Nelson’s Number One Market Street, will be open.

“The Contact Centre will be taking some telephone calls, though there may be a delay in us providing a response, depending on the nature of the inquiry.

“We are also negotiating with the unions on which other staff can be made available for health and safety reasons.

“People can visit our website ahead of the strike for updates and can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for up to the minute information.”

Refuse and recycling services will be severely disrupted on the day.

David Walker, Waste Services Manager, explained: “Domestic refuse and recycling collections that won’t happen on Tuesday will be caught up as follows.

“On Wednesday, we will collect garden waste from homes in the Hibson Road and Halifax Road area of Nelson that will miss a garden waste collection on strike day.

“On Thursday, we will collect garden waste from Schofield Lane and the terraced side of Halifax Road in Nelson plus the rural areas that missed a collection on the Tuesday.

“On Friday, we’ll be catching up on refuse collections in Foulridge, Kelbrook and the areas around Gisburn Road and between Manchester Road and Kelbrook New Road in Barnoldswick.

“Then on our final day of catching up, Monday, October 20th, we will collect refuse from the top of Manchester Road in Barnoldswick and Colne Road ending in the area of West Close Road, Barnoldswick.”

Commercial waste and recycling collections missed on Tuesday will be made on Thursday.

Collections of recycling – brown bins and paper/cardboard – will not be caught up. The next collection for residents affected will be on Tuesday, October 28th.

Anyone who needs more details on waste or recycling collections can ring 661743.