Harrow Borough Council services to be affected by public sector strike tomorrow

Harrow Times: Services to be affected by public sector strike tomorrow Services to be affected by public sector strike tomorrow

People are being warned of disruption to bin collections, schools and other council services during a public sector strike tomorrow.

Members of public sector unions Unison, GMB, Unite, the NUT and the FBU across the country will be striking over pay and conditions, and Harrow Borough Council says its services will be affected.

A total of 15 primary schools will be closed and a further 16 will be partially open for the day.

The council says the best source of information for parents is their child’s school website, which will have full details about how they will be affected.

There will be no bin collections tomorrow and the council says if people’s bins are due to be emptied on strike day then they will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day.

Finally, the council says other services will be affected by the industrial action and running a reduced schedule including commercial and residential street cleaning, public grounds maintenance and car parking and enforcement.

The council’s Labour administration has been attacked by the Conservative opposition group for supporting the strikes.

In a blog post, council leader Councillor David Perry said: “We recognise the unions' right to strike and over the next four years we will be working collaboratively with local trade unions to overcome the impossible situation the Tory government has put us in.”

Tory group leader Cllr Susan Hall said: “The only thing this strike will achieve is the disruption of services that Harrow residents expect and pay for, and interrupting things like bin collections even for a day can cause total chaos.

“As the administration, Cllr David Perry and his Labour colleagues should be taking the lead in condemning this strike action and demanding that it’s called off – not backing it.”

“Harrow Labour have to choose who they really serve – is it the unions who keep their bread so nicely buttered, or Harrow’s deserving residents?"

In response to the attack Cllr Perry stood by his comments saying the administration recognised the impact the strikes would have on residents and would work to resolve the issue locally and continue to work with unions.

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10:54am Wed 9 Jul 14

wildthingxxx says...

If they don't empty your bin on a 'strike day' then, as far as I am aware, they are obliged to collect ALL rubbish that is in the bin and beside the bin on the next scheduled bin collection day. As we pay for this service in our council tax payments, and they are required to keep up their end of the contract.
If they don't empty your bin on a 'strike day' then, as far as I am aware, they are obliged to collect ALL rubbish that is in the bin and beside the bin on the next scheduled bin collection day. As we pay for this service in our council tax payments, and they are required to keep up their end of the contract. wildthingxxx
  • Score: 0

11:21am Wed 9 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

At the end of the day,whichever way you look at it,it's the MEMBERS OF PUBLIC who suffer.When will those in power "get it"?

One hopes this is not the beginning of a long, planned series of strikes by the Unions,as has been hinted at,over the next four years.Does not bear thinking about!

The public have suffered enough ----they are not bothered which political party runs the Council..All we want is value for money,not removal of services which disrupt the normal routines most of us follow.What example are we setting our children when we down tools to get what we want?

Our citizens have already lost out heavily ,with non-stop turbulence experienced over the past year and a half and had hoped things would settle down post local elections.How much more do we have to put up with?

This new day of strikes,strikes horror in our hearts.Even more so,since the new Leader has said they would be "working in collaboration with the Unions."

Please would you tell us,while recognising the rights of the Union members to strike WHO is considering the rights of the COMMON MAN and tax-payers in Harrow?Surely rights and duties go hand-in-hand.

David Perry has indicated he will be working at a local level to resolve issues while working with the Unions.Difficult if not impossible to serve two masters!We need a balanced approach to these issues.

Let's hope the trust placed in our Local Council by local folk will not be betrayed and that Harrow does suffer at the hands of the trade Unions.

I am all for freedom of expression to better the lot of workers, but not at the expense of the general public. Surely there must be other ways to negotiate and move forward to solve any burning issues,without victimising the very public you are required to serve.
At the end of the day,whichever way you look at it,it's the MEMBERS OF PUBLIC who suffer.When will those in power "get it"? One hopes this is not the beginning of a long, planned series of strikes by the Unions,as has been hinted at,over the next four years.Does not bear thinking about! The public have suffered enough ----they are not bothered which political party runs the Council..All we want is value for money,not removal of services which disrupt the normal routines most of us follow.What example are we setting our children when we down tools to get what we want? Our citizens have already lost out heavily ,with non-stop turbulence experienced over the past year and a half and had hoped things would settle down post local elections.How much more do we have to put up with? This new day of strikes,strikes horror in our hearts.Even more so,since the new Leader has said they would be "working in collaboration with the Unions." Please would you tell us,while recognising the rights of the Union members to strike WHO is considering the rights of the COMMON MAN and tax-payers in Harrow?Surely rights and duties go hand-in-hand. David Perry has indicated he will be working at a local level to resolve issues while working with the Unions.Difficult if not impossible to serve two masters!We need a balanced approach to these issues. Let's hope the trust placed in our Local Council by local folk will not be betrayed and that Harrow does suffer at the hands of the trade Unions. I am all for freedom of expression to better the lot of workers, but not at the expense of the general public. Surely there must be other ways to negotiate and move forward to solve any burning issues,without victimising the very public you are required to serve. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 0

11:25am Wed 9 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Quick correction,I have made a Freudian slip.Please read
"Let's hope the trust placed in our Local Council by local folk will not be betrayed and that Harrow does NOT suffer at the hands of Trade Unions."
Quick correction,I have made a Freudian slip.Please read "Let's hope the trust placed in our Local Council by local folk will not be betrayed and that Harrow does NOT suffer at the hands of Trade Unions." Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -2

2:45pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Elliegirl says...

Good luck with that Wildthing !!!
Good luck with that Wildthing !!! Elliegirl
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Harrow Dude says...

Sonoo you do realise that most of those striking are as you say
"the COMMON MAN and tax-payers in Harrow"
Sonoo you do realise that most of those striking are as you say "the COMMON MAN and tax-payers in Harrow" Harrow Dude
  • Score: 1

12:57pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

That only makes it worse,Harrow Dude,does it not?This is a show-down of the COMMON MAN and tax-payers of Harrow versus the COMMON MAN and Tax-payers of Harrow.We ALL LOSE.Let's look for alternative solutions which help us all to be winners.

Please look for a better way to air your grieviances ,without disrupting the lives of the poor members of public.Otherwise you risk alienating large swathes of the very community who might support your claims if you went about it differently.Please put your country first.

Believe me,I don't come from a rich and famous background nor do I live in the lap of luxury.Just a matter of realising the importance of putting the good of the WHOLE community before one's own personal needs.

Please stop cutting your nose to spite your face.No matter what the public sector difficulties might be ,many private sector folk have also had to put up with a raft of measures which they find quite intolerable.They are having to live with uncomfortable choices knowing full well if the don't,they will definitely end up jobless.How wise is that?

Please go back to your Union leaders and let them understand that these strikes are only damaging your prospects further,not getting your voices heard.

We feel for you and want your negotiations to bring some desirable results ,acceptable to both sides.The key words are "sensitive
negotiations".

STRIKE OUT STRIKES.They hurt everybody,including you,the strikers.
That only makes it worse,Harrow Dude,does it not?This is a show-down of the COMMON MAN and tax-payers of Harrow versus the COMMON MAN and Tax-payers of Harrow.We ALL LOSE.Let's look for alternative solutions which help us all to be winners. Please look for a better way to air your grieviances ,without disrupting the lives of the poor members of public.Otherwise you risk alienating large swathes of the very community who might support your claims if you went about it differently.Please put your country first. Believe me,I don't come from a rich and famous background nor do I live in the lap of luxury.Just a matter of realising the importance of putting the good of the WHOLE community before one's own personal needs. Please stop cutting your nose to spite your face.No matter what the public sector difficulties might be ,many private sector folk have also had to put up with a raft of measures which they find quite intolerable.They are having to live with uncomfortable choices knowing full well if the don't,they will definitely end up jobless.How wise is that? Please go back to your Union leaders and let them understand that these strikes are only damaging your prospects further,not getting your voices heard. We feel for you and want your negotiations to bring some desirable results ,acceptable to both sides.The key words are "sensitive negotiations". STRIKE OUT STRIKES.They hurt everybody,including you,the strikers. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 0

12:57pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

That only makes it worse,Harrow Dude,does it not?This is a show-down of the COMMON MAN and tax-payers of Harrow versus the COMMON MAN and Tax-payers of Harrow.We ALL LOSE.Let's look for alternative solutions which help us all to be winners.

Please look for a better way to air your grieviances ,without disrupting the lives of the poor members of public.Otherwise you risk alienating large swathes of the very community who might support your claims if you went about it differently.Please put your country first.

Believe me,I don't come from a rich and famous background nor do I live in the lap of luxury.Just a matter of realising the importance of putting the good of the WHOLE community before one's own personal needs.

Please stop cutting your nose to spite your face.No matter what the public sector difficulties might be ,many private sector folk have also had to put up with a raft of measures which they find quite intolerable.They are having to live with uncomfortable choices knowing full well if the don't,they will definitely end up jobless.How wise is that?

Please go back to your Union leaders and let them understand that these strikes are only damaging your prospects further,not getting your voices heard.

We feel for you and want your negotiations to bring some desirable results ,acceptable to both sides.The key words are "sensitive
negotiations".

STRIKE OUT STRIKES.They hurt everybody,including you,the strikers.
That only makes it worse,Harrow Dude,does it not?This is a show-down of the COMMON MAN and tax-payers of Harrow versus the COMMON MAN and Tax-payers of Harrow.We ALL LOSE.Let's look for alternative solutions which help us all to be winners. Please look for a better way to air your grieviances ,without disrupting the lives of the poor members of public.Otherwise you risk alienating large swathes of the very community who might support your claims if you went about it differently.Please put your country first. Believe me,I don't come from a rich and famous background nor do I live in the lap of luxury.Just a matter of realising the importance of putting the good of the WHOLE community before one's own personal needs. Please stop cutting your nose to spite your face.No matter what the public sector difficulties might be ,many private sector folk have also had to put up with a raft of measures which they find quite intolerable.They are having to live with uncomfortable choices knowing full well if the don't,they will definitely end up jobless.How wise is that? Please go back to your Union leaders and let them understand that these strikes are only damaging your prospects further,not getting your voices heard. We feel for you and want your negotiations to bring some desirable results ,acceptable to both sides.The key words are "sensitive negotiations". STRIKE OUT STRIKES.They hurt everybody,including you,the strikers. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -2

12:57pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

That only makes it worse,Harrow Dude,does it not?This is a show-down of the COMMON MAN and tax-payers of Harrow versus the COMMON MAN and Tax-payers of Harrow.We ALL LOSE.Let's look for alternative solutions which help us all to be winners.

Please look for a better way to air your grieviances ,without disrupting the lives of the poor members of public.Otherwise you risk alienating large swathes of the very community who might support your claims if you went about it differently.Please put your country first.

Believe me,I don't come from a rich and famous background nor do I live in the lap of luxury.Just a matter of realising the importance of putting the good of the WHOLE community before one's own personal needs.

Please stop cutting your nose to spite your face.No matter what the public sector difficulties might be ,many private sector folk have also had to put up with a raft of measures which they find quite intolerable.They are having to live with uncomfortable choices knowing full well if the don't,they will definitely end up jobless.How wise is that?

Please go back to your Union leaders and let them understand that these strikes are only damaging your prospects further,not getting your voices heard.

We feel for you and want your negotiations to bring some desirable results ,acceptable to both sides.The key words are "sensitive
negotiations".

STRIKE OUT STRIKES.They hurt everybody,including you,the strikers.
That only makes it worse,Harrow Dude,does it not?This is a show-down of the COMMON MAN and tax-payers of Harrow versus the COMMON MAN and Tax-payers of Harrow.We ALL LOSE.Let's look for alternative solutions which help us all to be winners. Please look for a better way to air your grieviances ,without disrupting the lives of the poor members of public.Otherwise you risk alienating large swathes of the very community who might support your claims if you went about it differently.Please put your country first. Believe me,I don't come from a rich and famous background nor do I live in the lap of luxury.Just a matter of realising the importance of putting the good of the WHOLE community before one's own personal needs. Please stop cutting your nose to spite your face.No matter what the public sector difficulties might be ,many private sector folk have also had to put up with a raft of measures which they find quite intolerable.They are having to live with uncomfortable choices knowing full well if the don't,they will definitely end up jobless.How wise is that? Please go back to your Union leaders and let them understand that these strikes are only damaging your prospects further,not getting your voices heard. We feel for you and want your negotiations to bring some desirable results ,acceptable to both sides.The key words are "sensitive negotiations". STRIKE OUT STRIKES.They hurt everybody,including you,the strikers. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -3

9:11am Sat 12 Jul 14

Elliegirl says...

Private sector moaning about being badly treated. Why don't they join a Union? Think i know why !! We are not allowed!! That is why private sector workers are in fear of their jobs because we have no one to help deal with the poor practices that go on in this sector of the workforce. B You know by voiceing your opinion on something you feel is not right they get rid of you instead of addressing the issue . So you shut up and put up with it . Do you think that is right? Because i certainly don't But in fear of reprisals you say nothing . Bullying managers and bullying Bosses. Overworked and under paid because they can . I say good luck to these people who go on strike for better pay and conditions may be if we all had the right to strike this country would be a better place to work and live.
Private sector moaning about being badly treated. Why don't they join a Union? Think i know why !! We are not allowed!! That is why private sector workers are in fear of their jobs because we have no one to help deal with the poor practices that go on in this sector of the workforce. B You know by voiceing your opinion on something you feel is not right they get rid of you instead of addressing the issue . So you shut up and put up with it . Do you think that is right? Because i certainly don't But in fear of reprisals you say nothing . Bullying managers and bullying Bosses. Overworked and under paid because they can . I say good luck to these people who go on strike for better pay and conditions may be if we all had the right to strike this country would be a better place to work and live. Elliegirl
  • Score: 3

8:53am Mon 14 Jul 14

pravinshah1 says...

I wish you would grow up, soono. The strikers are workers as well. The leaders as well as some of us including you are in better financial position unlike these strikers.

Do you know that a refuse collector on the top of his pay scale would have been earning £16,440 in 2010 and is now on £16,770, an actual increase of just £330? If pay rises were kept in line with inflation, bin men would have an extra £2,950. Nursery assistants earning the maximum they are entitled to would be on £18,824 in 2010, and would have seen a pay rise of £371 under the Coalition. In real terms they should now be earning £22,134.

This is all whilst the politicians are earning much more then that especially as most of them come from an excellent financial background. Just look at the cabinet of this country.
I wish you would grow up, soono. The strikers are workers as well. The leaders as well as some of us including you are in better financial position unlike these strikers. Do you know that a refuse collector on the top of his pay scale would have been earning £16,440 in 2010 and is now on £16,770, an actual increase of just £330? If pay rises were kept in line with inflation, bin men would have an extra £2,950. Nursery assistants earning the maximum they are entitled to would be on £18,824 in 2010, and would have seen a pay rise of £371 under the Coalition. In real terms they should now be earning £22,134. This is all whilst the politicians are earning much more then that especially as most of them come from an excellent financial background. Just look at the cabinet of this country. pravinshah1
  • Score: -3

1:49pm Tue 15 Jul 14

DJFearRoss says...

David Cameron earns less than £150,000.

Tony Blair earns over £10,000,000, Gordon Brown £190,000, David Miliband £288,000. The fact is the public sector have had a pay increase, although not what they wanted and either way they probably get half decent pensions and other perks. I probably wouldn't be happy with it either, but the reality it is the public's money and labour are certainly good at one thing, spending the the publics money. The conservatives are rights to try and cut public spending, it's common sense.
David Cameron earns less than £150,000. Tony Blair earns over £10,000,000, Gordon Brown £190,000, David Miliband £288,000. The fact is the public sector have had a pay increase, although not what they wanted and either way they probably get half decent pensions and other perks. I probably wouldn't be happy with it either, but the reality it is the public's money and labour are certainly good at one thing, spending the the publics money. The conservatives are rights to try and cut public spending, it's common sense. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 3

2:58pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Can't believe Elliegirl wants PRIVATE sector workers to go down the same ruinous path!Does she want the country to grind to a halt?Ridiculous!!
Can't believe Elliegirl wants PRIVATE sector workers to go down the same ruinous path!Does she want the country to grind to a halt?Ridiculous!! Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -1

1:02pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Elliegirl says...

Why not Sonoo? If it means that they get better Pay Terms and Conditions or would you have us all at the mercy of unscrupulous employers!!!
Why not Sonoo? If it means that they get better Pay Terms and Conditions or would you have us all at the mercy of unscrupulous employers!!! Elliegirl
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Absolutely not,Elliegirl!Howeve
r,there are other ways to influence unfair employers,without taking strike action and punishing innocent members of public.That's purely a personal viewpoint which many may not agree with.
Let's agree to differ.
Absolutely not,Elliegirl!Howeve r,there are other ways to influence unfair employers,without taking strike action and punishing innocent members of public.That's purely a personal viewpoint which many may not agree with. Let's agree to differ. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -1
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