Staffordshire County Council has said it’s “business as usual” at the authority on the day millions of public sector workers across the country take industrial action. Local government unions Unison, UNITE and GMB are taking industrial action, along with separate industrial action planned by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Fire Brigades Union.
A total of 40 schools across Staffordshire have been closed or partially closed due as a result of teacher strikes, and four libraries have also closed today. At Staffordshire County Council, an estimated 212 workers out of 6053 took industrial action.
Ian Parry, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council said services to the public were largely unaffected. “We have seen a small minority of staff take industrial action but apart from this, but this has had a minimal impact on council services. It’s been for the most part business as usual across the council, with the vast majority of our offices and services open.”
Today also sees the first of the latest round of strikes by firefighters which will span different times over eight different days. The first will run from 10am to 7pm tomorrow and will start again on Monday. Residents are being reminded to take extra care and be extra vigilant at home, at work and on the roads during the strikes.