Disruption to services due to striking workers will be kept to a minimum WITH LIST OF SCHOOLS AFFECTED

Dorset Echo: ALL OUT: The public sector unions protest march and meeting in Dorchester in 2011 ALL OUT: The public sector unions protest march and meeting in Dorchester in 2011

RESIDENTS have been assured that there will be minimal disruption as thousands of workers across the county walk out in a row over pay and pensions.

Teachers, firefighters, council workers and civil servants are striking today in an ongoing row over pay and conditions.

Members of the unions locally, including GMB, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Public and Commercial Services (PCS), UNISON and Unite will join the national strike which will see rallies organised and picket lines drawn.

Unions have said that strike action is the last resort and although they regret any disruption caused, they feel that the government is not negotiating and so they have no choice.

Dorset County Council could see as many as 2,000 staff striking and says it has put plans in place to minimise disruption to services like waste management.

All bin collections should happen as normal and catch-up collections will be done on Saturday if necessary.

Services like registrars, children’s services, adult social care day services and park and rides should not be affected and most libraries should run as normal.

PCS health and safety representative for Weymouth’s Department of Work and Pensions branch, Tim Nicholls, said staff are striking for a number of reasons. He said they had experienced a four-year pay freeze, which constituted being £215 a month worse off than they were five years ago because of inflation.

Other issues revolved around changes to their pensions, meaning they will be paid less money later on and have to pay more, and concern and frustration at the extra pressures of the job.

Mr Nicholls added that morale was ‘pretty low’ among staff at the moment.

He said: “We certainly hope the government will change their mind.”

Adding that his message to those in power would be: “See some fairness and do right by us.”

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will be supporting the national strike with a strike from 10am to 7pm and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service will be running a reduced emergency response.

There are also further strikes planned for next week.

The strike comes as part of an ongoing row about firefighters’ pensions.

PCS branch chairman for the Land Registry Andy Woodgate said since 2010 staff had been subject to a pay freeze followed by a pay rise cap of 1 per cent.

Mr Woodgate said: “In addition, any pay rises have been more than wiped out by increased pension contributions.

“Many staff doing an excellent job have been denied any move up their pay scales, despite government saying it wishes to reward staff through performance pay.”

Schools affected by today'a action

CLOSED:
Bridport Primary School; Southill Primary School; Dorchester Middle School;Damers First School; Thomas Hardye School will be closed to students in Year 9 and 10 but open to the Sixth Form; Mountjoy School; Sir John Colfox; Loders

PARTIALLY OPEN:
Sticklands Primary School, Evershot- Open for Year 1-4 but closed for Year 5 &6 and reception; Dorchester Learning Centre; Milborne St Andrew First School- Two classes will be closed and two will be open; St George's Primary School, Portland- Three classes won't be in but the rest will be.
Budmouth College- Open to Sixth Form but closed to the rest of the school;
Parrett and Axe, Mosterton- open to orange class and Green group numeracy but closed to the rest of the school

REFUSED TO COMMENT:
Portesham Primary School

 

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12:11pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Brinboy says...

Well done Weymouth bin men - our kitchen waste collected as usual.
Well done Weymouth bin men - our kitchen waste collected as usual. Brinboy
  • Score: 11

12:29pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Akita_Abigail says...

I have no sympathy with the Weymouth Benefit Office team as if disabled people are expected to live on less and less on decisions and extra hassle they make without any medical experience, knowledge or training we are expected to accept Cameron saying "we're all in it together!" But it's one rule for disabled and one rule for them. If they were coming out on strike due to the pressure of targets to sanction people who shouldn't be hassled then maybe I would have some sympathy. I didn't ask or apply to become disabled, it's hard enough each day without these incompetents causing extra pain and stress. Definately don't deserve extra money. Sack the lot of them as every encounter I have had with staff there in Weymouth has either been harassing, distressing (and "pointless" as one manager referred to a call after she upset me so much on two occasions making me burst into tears and put the phone down on me for crying!) I feel sorry for the others providing a service but the benefit team at Weymouth wouldn't know service no matter how much training was given.
I have no sympathy with the Weymouth Benefit Office team as if disabled people are expected to live on less and less on decisions and extra hassle they make without any medical experience, knowledge or training we are expected to accept Cameron saying "we're all in it together!" But it's one rule for disabled and one rule for them. If they were coming out on strike due to the pressure of targets to sanction people who shouldn't be hassled then maybe I would have some sympathy. I didn't ask or apply to become disabled, it's hard enough each day without these incompetents causing extra pain and stress. Definately don't deserve extra money. Sack the lot of them as every encounter I have had with staff there in Weymouth has either been harassing, distressing (and "pointless" as one manager referred to a call after she upset me so much on two occasions making me burst into tears and put the phone down on me for crying!) I feel sorry for the others providing a service but the benefit team at Weymouth wouldn't know service no matter how much training was given. Akita_Abigail
  • Score: 10

12:41pm Thu 10 Jul 14

elloello1980 says...

Akita_Abigail wrote:
I have no sympathy with the Weymouth Benefit Office team as if disabled people are expected to live on less and less on decisions and extra hassle they make without any medical experience, knowledge or training we are expected to accept Cameron saying "we're all in it together!" But it's one rule for disabled and one rule for them. If they were coming out on strike due to the pressure of targets to sanction people who shouldn't be hassled then maybe I would have some sympathy. I didn't ask or apply to become disabled, it's hard enough each day without these incompetents causing extra pain and stress. Definately don't deserve extra money. Sack the lot of them as every encounter I have had with staff there in Weymouth has either been harassing, distressing (and "pointless" as one manager referred to a call after she upset me so much on two occasions making me burst into tears and put the phone down on me for crying!) I feel sorry for the others providing a service but the benefit team at Weymouth wouldn't know service no matter how much training was given.
maybe you should aim your feelings towards those that make the decision to need to assess disabled people, rather than those that have to do it as it's their job. most will be there to provide for their families, not because they want to stop disabled people having benefits. maybe.
[quote][p][bold]Akita_Abigail[/bold] wrote: I have no sympathy with the Weymouth Benefit Office team as if disabled people are expected to live on less and less on decisions and extra hassle they make without any medical experience, knowledge or training we are expected to accept Cameron saying "we're all in it together!" But it's one rule for disabled and one rule for them. If they were coming out on strike due to the pressure of targets to sanction people who shouldn't be hassled then maybe I would have some sympathy. I didn't ask or apply to become disabled, it's hard enough each day without these incompetents causing extra pain and stress. Definately don't deserve extra money. Sack the lot of them as every encounter I have had with staff there in Weymouth has either been harassing, distressing (and "pointless" as one manager referred to a call after she upset me so much on two occasions making me burst into tears and put the phone down on me for crying!) I feel sorry for the others providing a service but the benefit team at Weymouth wouldn't know service no matter how much training was given.[/p][/quote]maybe you should aim your feelings towards those that make the decision to need to assess disabled people, rather than those that have to do it as it's their job. most will be there to provide for their families, not because they want to stop disabled people having benefits. maybe. elloello1980
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Akita_Abigail says...

elloello 1980.... when I deal with Chippenham or Bristol on the phone or letters about my benefits usually it is sorted.... but every time Weymouth office gets their fingers on it in any way (and sometimes I am forced to do, like last week again!) so yes it is Weymouth that's the problem... hence why they do not deserve more money.... they have targets to reach locally I am sure.... anyway this is now getting off topic... i just wanted to say I have no sympathy with Weymouth Benefit office especially as they spoke to a representative on their behalf in the article....
elloello 1980.... when I deal with Chippenham or Bristol on the phone or letters about my benefits usually it is sorted.... but every time Weymouth office gets their fingers on it in any way (and sometimes I am forced to do, like last week again!) so yes it is Weymouth that's the problem... hence why they do not deserve more money.... they have targets to reach locally I am sure.... anyway this is now getting off topic... i just wanted to say I have no sympathy with Weymouth Benefit office especially as they spoke to a representative on their behalf in the article.... Akita_Abigail
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Thu 10 Jul 14

siriem says...

Akita_Abigail wrote:
elloello 1980.... when I deal with Chippenham or Bristol on the phone or letters about my benefits usually it is sorted.... but every time Weymouth office gets their fingers on it in any way (and sometimes I am forced to do, like last week again!) so yes it is Weymouth that's the problem... hence why they do not deserve more money.... they have targets to reach locally I am sure.... anyway this is now getting off topic... i just wanted to say I have no sympathy with Weymouth Benefit office especially as they spoke to a representative on their behalf in the article....
"Hence" or "why" - not "hence why".
[quote][p][bold]Akita_Abigail[/bold] wrote: elloello 1980.... when I deal with Chippenham or Bristol on the phone or letters about my benefits usually it is sorted.... but every time Weymouth office gets their fingers on it in any way (and sometimes I am forced to do, like last week again!) so yes it is Weymouth that's the problem... hence why they do not deserve more money.... they have targets to reach locally I am sure.... anyway this is now getting off topic... i just wanted to say I have no sympathy with Weymouth Benefit office especially as they spoke to a representative on their behalf in the article....[/p][/quote]"Hence" or "why" - not "hence why". siriem
  • Score: -6

8:02pm Thu 10 Jul 14

cj07589 says...

To those who chose to strike today holding tax payers working in the Private Sector to ransom, answer me this! Tax payers working in the Private Sector have been dealing with the pension crisis without guaranteed annual pay-rises for many years . Private companies have had to shut down their pension schemes because they are simply unsustainable due to the ageing population. Why should Public Sectors be immune to this?
To those who chose to strike today holding tax payers working in the Private Sector to ransom, answer me this! Tax payers working in the Private Sector have been dealing with the pension crisis without guaranteed annual pay-rises for many years . Private companies have had to shut down their pension schemes because they are simply unsustainable due to the ageing population. Why should Public Sectors be immune to this? cj07589
  • Score: 30

8:10pm Thu 10 Jul 14

trymybest says...

Dorset County Council said,"all bin collections should happen as normal and catch up collections will be done on Saturday if necessary," bit of overtime pay on offer that's the kind of strike action l like, whens the next strike and the next.
Dorset County Council said,"all bin collections should happen as normal and catch up collections will be done on Saturday if necessary," bit of overtime pay on offer that's the kind of strike action l like, whens the next strike and the next. trymybest
  • Score: 13

1:32pm Fri 11 Jul 14

elloello1980 says...

cj07589 wrote:
To those who chose to strike today holding tax payers working in the Private Sector to ransom, answer me this! Tax payers working in the Private Sector have been dealing with the pension crisis without guaranteed annual pay-rises for many years . Private companies have had to shut down their pension schemes because they are simply unsustainable due to the ageing population. Why should Public Sectors be immune to this?
fight your own battle, not try to put others efforts in their own battles down.

In this together, my a r s e
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: To those who chose to strike today holding tax payers working in the Private Sector to ransom, answer me this! Tax payers working in the Private Sector have been dealing with the pension crisis without guaranteed annual pay-rises for many years . Private companies have had to shut down their pension schemes because they are simply unsustainable due to the ageing population. Why should Public Sectors be immune to this?[/p][/quote]fight your own battle, not try to put others efforts in their own battles down. In this together, my a r s e elloello1980
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Fri 11 Jul 14

elloello1980 says...

cj07589 wrote:
To those who chose to strike today holding tax payers working in the Private Sector to ransom, answer me this! Tax payers working in the Private Sector have been dealing with the pension crisis without guaranteed annual pay-rises for many years . Private companies have had to shut down their pension schemes because they are simply unsustainable due to the ageing population. Why should Public Sectors be immune to this?
fight your own battle, not try to put others efforts in their own battles down.

In this together, my a r s e
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: To those who chose to strike today holding tax payers working in the Private Sector to ransom, answer me this! Tax payers working in the Private Sector have been dealing with the pension crisis without guaranteed annual pay-rises for many years . Private companies have had to shut down their pension schemes because they are simply unsustainable due to the ageing population. Why should Public Sectors be immune to this?[/p][/quote]fight your own battle, not try to put others efforts in their own battles down. In this together, my a r s e elloello1980
  • Score: 0

3:34pm Fri 11 Jul 14

trymybest says...

cj07589 wrote:
To those who chose to strike today holding tax payers working in the Private Sector to ransom, answer me this! Tax payers working in the Private Sector have been dealing with the pension crisis without guaranteed annual pay-rises for many years . Private companies have had to shut down their pension schemes because they are simply unsustainable due to the ageing population. Why should Public Sectors be immune to this?
Could not agree more. Why should we be as council tax payers be subsidising their pensions at all that's the question we should be asking.
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: To those who chose to strike today holding tax payers working in the Private Sector to ransom, answer me this! Tax payers working in the Private Sector have been dealing with the pension crisis without guaranteed annual pay-rises for many years . Private companies have had to shut down their pension schemes because they are simply unsustainable due to the ageing population. Why should Public Sectors be immune to this?[/p][/quote]Could not agree more. Why should we be as council tax payers be subsidising their pensions at all that's the question we should be asking. trymybest
  • Score: 0

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