Kicking up a stink over pay

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Residents in some parts of the district may have to put up with stinking and overflowing bins for a month as public sector workers vote to go on strike.

A number of unions have elected to take strike action over pay on Thursday July 10 and there will be an impact on all of Lancaster City Council services, including waste and recycling collections.

Trades Union Council (TUC) general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pay rises way below the cost of living, coming hard on the heels of several years of pay freezes, have left family budgets stretched to the limit.

“Now, as economic pressures seem to be lifting, the government is still insisting on keeping public sector workers’ pay down.

“The recovery remains some way off for our hard-working, dedicated midwives, nurses, teachers, dinner ladies and other public servants.

“For them several years more of financial worry and frugal living lie ahead.”

A spokesman for the city council said that there will be a reduced capacity to collect waste and recycling on July 10, but householders should leave their bins and boxes out for collection as normal.

However if bins/boxes have not been collected by the end of the day they should be taken back in and collected on July 24 along with any additional side waste.

All three Customer Service Centres at Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls and Council Housing Reception in Cable Street will be closed, but a reduced telephone service will be open. Williamson Park, Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Happy Mount Park, the Visitor Information Centres and The Storey will be open as usual.