Council warns of service disruptions
Archived news: published on Wednesday 13 Aug 2008 by Fife Council
While it is not yet known how many employees will take part in next week's industrial action, Fife Council is warning residents of likely disruption to normal services on Wednesday, 20 August, including the possibility of some school closures.
Eric Byiers, Executive Director Local Community and Housing Services said: "We are continuing to work with the Trades Unions to ensure that essential services, protecting the most vulnerable people in Fife, can be maintained as far as possible.
"We have asked the Unions to exclude staff working in such areas from the strike. This includes home care services, residential and day care services and transportation officers on emergency standby to deal with issues such as floods.
"However, the majority of services will be affected and it's likely that most council-owned buildings will be closed to the public, including Local Services Centres and libraries.
"Although teachers aren't involved in the strike, many support staff such as education assistants and catering and cleaning staff are. We will only close schools on Wednesday if it is absolutely necessary, but parents should be aware of possible disruption."
Fife's schools return for the new session on Tuesday 19 August, the day before the industrial action is due to take place. Parents should speak to their school to check arrangements for Wednesday 20. The text and email alert system will be used to inform parents who are registered to receive alerts if a school does have to close.
The council apologises for any inconvenience and normal services will resume from Thursday morning. More information about service disruptions across Fife and registering for closure alerts will be available on www.fifedirect.org.uk
For more information contactLinda Frew, Manager (HR Services) (Monday - Thursday)
Tel: 08451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 02 16 Contact Linda Frew online
By Post: Fife Council, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT
Catherine Coull, Secretary
Tel: 08451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 42 61 Contact Catherine Coull online
By Post: Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT