Services to be hit by pensions' strike

SERVICES at council offices in Suffolk are set to be hit by a one-day strike next Tuesday in a dispute over pensions.Members of public service unions employed by the county and district councils are expected to leave their posts for a day as part of a national dispute with the government over pensions.

SERVICES at council offices in Suffolk are set to be hit by a one-day strike next Tuesday in a dispute over pensions.

Members of public service unions employed by the county and district councils are expected to leave their posts for a day as part of a national dispute with the government over pensions.

They want a similar deal to that offered to civil servants and other public sector employees including teachers, police and firefighters.

Suffolk Coastal is likely to be the worst affected council with refuse collections and recycling services suspended.

In Ipswich the front desk at Civic Centre, along with council tax and housing benefit cash desks will be closed - however telephone services will remain open.

No cremations will take place - but the decision not to schedule any on that day was taken several weeks ago and no services have been postponed.

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The council still does not know whether refuse collections will be affected by the strike.

Mid Suffolk Council is hopeful that there will be no affect on its services - although there could be fewer staff in some of its departments.

A spokeswoman said that the only effect on the day should be that phones will be answered slightly more slowly than normal.

Babergh Council has a separate deal with its union members and is confident none of its staff will join the strike.

Suffolk County Council is still working out what effect the strike will have on its services - senior staff do not expect to know what will happen until Monday afternoon.

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