STRIKE: Schools and services hit by public sector strike action across Pembrokeshire today

Western Telegraph: Firefighters are among those on strike today in a day of public sector action that has also hit schools and council services. Firefighters are among those on strike today in a day of public sector action that has also hit schools and council services.

THERE are warnings of possible disruption today (Thursday) as public sector workers strike over pay and conditions.

The strike - which will include members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, Fire Brigades Union (FBU), GMB, Unison and Unite - looks likely to be the second biggest ever.

About 17 Pembrokeshire primary schools will shut their doors for the day. Sixteen schools will be fully open while the remainder are likely to be partially open.

Five of the county’s secondary schools will definitely be open - Ysgol Bro Gwaun/Fishguard, Ysgol y Preseli, Sir Thomas Picton, Greenhill/Tenby and Pembroke.

Tasker Milward and Milford Haven are likely to be open while Ysgol Dewi Sant will be partially open.

The authority’s customer service centres are likely to be affected and residents are being asked to delay routine calls until the strike is over.

Leisure centres are expected to remain open as are libraries although users are being asked to check before visiting.

It will also be business as usual for both Scolton Manor and the Pembrokeshire Archive.

NUT Pembrokeshire branch secretary Anton Brcar said teachers were striking over fair funding, school banding, the number of exams and staffing levels.

UNISON said pay freezes and below-inflation pay rises had reduced local government workers’ pay by 20% since 2010.

The union’s Pembrokeshire branch secretary Vic Dennis said: “Most UNISON members in Pembrokeshire are low-paid, part-time women workers, struggling to pay their household bills. Losing pay for strike action is not something they do lightly.

“Our members are not asking for the 14% pay increase company bosses and bankers are getting. Or the 11% MPs will see. They are just asking for a rise of at least £1 an hour.”

For more information about individual schools and other council services visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk. The council’s Facebook and Twitter pages will also have the latest updates.

School closures: Angle; Coastlands; Hakin; Haverfordwest Church in Wales VC; Mary Immaculate; Monkton Priory; Neyland; Orielton; Penally Centre; Portfield; Prendergast; Puncheston; Spittal; St Marks, Merlins Bridge; St Oswalds, Jeffreyston; Stackpole; Stepaside; Tavernspite; Wolfscastle; Letterston; Ysgol Glannau Gwaun, Fishguard; Croesgoch; Goodwick.

Partially open: Broad Haven; Cilgerran; Cleddau Reach; Fenton; Golden Grove; Hubberston; Johnston; Lamphey; Manorbier; Mount Airey; Pembroke Dock; Pennar; Learning Resource Centre Neyland (PRU); Roch; Sageston; Saundersfoot; St Aidans; St Francis, MIlford; St Teilo's, Tenby; Tenby Junior; Tenby Infants; The Meads, Milford Haven; Ysgol Bro Ingli, Newport; Ysgol Clydau, Tegryn; Ysgol Dewi Sant; Glan Cleddau, Haverfordwest; Ysgol Brynconin, Llandissilio; Eglwyswrw; Llanychllwydog - Gwaun Valley; Ysgol y Frenni, Crymych.

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7:21am Fri 11 Jul 14

malcolm calver says...

Good to see the refuse collectors working normally, it is the most demanding physical job carried out any employee of Pembrokeshire County County and the only service provided by Pembrokeshire County Council that is used by the majority of Pembrokeshire residents .
As usual we have the fire service personnel in their normal pose, I do not know what the would do if they had to work as hard as the refuse collectors.
Teachers if they were on performance related pay would have wage reductions, surely all these public service employees must realize by now that they have cushy jobs.
Good to see the refuse collectors working normally, it is the most demanding physical job carried out any employee of Pembrokeshire County County and the only service provided by Pembrokeshire County Council that is used by the majority of Pembrokeshire residents . As usual we have the fire service personnel in their normal pose, I do not know what the would do if they had to work as hard as the refuse collectors. Teachers if they were on performance related pay would have wage reductions, surely all these public service employees must realize by now that they have cushy jobs. malcolm calver
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2:52pm Fri 18 Jul 14

The Mullet Man says...

malcolm calver wrote:
Good to see the refuse collectors working normally, it is the most demanding physical job carried out any employee of Pembrokeshire County County and the only service provided by Pembrokeshire County Council that is used by the majority of Pembrokeshire residents .
As usual we have the fire service personnel in their normal pose, I do not know what the would do if they had to work as hard as the refuse collectors.
Teachers if they were on performance related pay would have wage reductions, surely all these public service employees must realize by now that they have cushy jobs.
Refuse collectors do a great job, so do teachers and fire fighters. Local authority workers should stick together to ensure they get fair treatment. I may be wrong but I am sure fire fighters are not striking for more money they are trying to stop the government stealing the pension that they pay more £400 a month for 30 years for! If a worker doesn't deserve a fair pension after that then I think we are all in trouble. In addition if they cant rescue people from burning buildings in their late 50's they get sacked.
Unions should stand firm and tell the government enough is enough - fairness for all. If you disagree, just remember, when our leaders in the Houses of Parliament have finished with the Teachers and Fire Fighters they will be coming for the rest of us!!
[quote][p][bold]malcolm calver[/bold] wrote: Good to see the refuse collectors working normally, it is the most demanding physical job carried out any employee of Pembrokeshire County County and the only service provided by Pembrokeshire County Council that is used by the majority of Pembrokeshire residents . As usual we have the fire service personnel in their normal pose, I do not know what the would do if they had to work as hard as the refuse collectors. Teachers if they were on performance related pay would have wage reductions, surely all these public service employees must realize by now that they have cushy jobs.[/p][/quote]Refuse collectors do a great job, so do teachers and fire fighters. Local authority workers should stick together to ensure they get fair treatment. I may be wrong but I am sure fire fighters are not striking for more money they are trying to stop the government stealing the pension that they pay more £400 a month for 30 years for! If a worker doesn't deserve a fair pension after that then I think we are all in trouble. In addition if they cant rescue people from burning buildings in their late 50's they get sacked. Unions should stand firm and tell the government enough is enough - fairness for all. If you disagree, just remember, when our leaders in the Houses of Parliament have finished with the Teachers and Fire Fighters they will be coming for the rest of us!! The Mullet Man
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9:14pm Fri 18 Jul 14

malcolm calver says...

Public service workers are in a much better position from those in the private sector, if they think they are hard done by they should try working in the private sector. If teachers are doing such a good job why are a large proportion of children leaving school without grasping the basics.
Public service workers are in a much better position from those in the private sector, if they think they are hard done by they should try working in the private sector. If teachers are doing such a good job why are a large proportion of children leaving school without grasping the basics. malcolm calver
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3:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

The Mullet Man says...

malcolm calver wrote:
Public service workers are in a much better position from those in the private sector, if they think they are hard done by they should try working in the private sector. If teachers are doing such a good job why are a large proportion of children leaving school without grasping the basics.
I left school many years ago with very little educational success but that was down to my own lack of motivation. I will never lay any blame at the hands of the teachers for my poor performance. Teachers are being asked to be more like social workers these days and this takes up huge amounts of teaching hours, this is unfair on the self motivated students that really want to learn. There are some fabulous teachers out there and probably some not so good but that's the same in any career so lets not be unfair to the majority of hard working teachers who do their best under difficult conditions.
[quote][p][bold]malcolm calver[/bold] wrote: Public service workers are in a much better position from those in the private sector, if they think they are hard done by they should try working in the private sector. If teachers are doing such a good job why are a large proportion of children leaving school without grasping the basics.[/p][/quote]I left school many years ago with very little educational success but that was down to my own lack of motivation. I will never lay any blame at the hands of the teachers for my poor performance. Teachers are being asked to be more like social workers these days and this takes up huge amounts of teaching hours, this is unfair on the self motivated students that really want to learn. There are some fabulous teachers out there and probably some not so good but that's the same in any career so lets not be unfair to the majority of hard working teachers who do their best under difficult conditions. The Mullet Man
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