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Public sector strikes: Leeds City Council service closures

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SCORES of Leeds’s council-run services are set to close for a day on Thursday (July 10) as thousands of staff prepare for a one-day strike as part of a wave of public sector walkouts.

Leeds City Council has published a list of services that are confirmed to be affected, and updates will continue to be provided today and tomorrow.

Closures will include some libraries, older people’s centres, youth clubs, leisure centres, several one-stop centres and various other civic buildings.

Bulky waste collections scheduled for Thursday will also not operate, and people with a collection arranged are asked to call 0113 222 4406 to book an alternative date.

Up to 70 percent of the city’s schools are also expected to shut as more than 3,000 NUT members working in 254 schools in Leeds stage walkouts.

Across the country, up to 1.5 million workers are expected to take part in the wave of action.

A statement on the Leeds City Council website says: “Industrial action could have a big impact on some of our services.

“We are putting plans in place to minimise the impact of the strike on critical services and those that may impact on our most vulnerable residents.

“However, it is inevitable that some of our services will be disrupted.

“As soon as we have further information, updates will be provided. Some libraries, leisure centres and community centres will be closed.”

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk for details of individual service closures.

The council is advising parents to ring their child’s school to check if they are closing.

 

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