Listen To Our Report - Mass Walkout Across Dorset
6:55am 10th July 2014
(Updated 3:06pm 10th July 2014)
Up to 2,000 Dorset County Council staff could be out on strike today.
Public sector workers including teachers are walking out in protest over pay and pensions.
A handful of schools in Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport have been forced to close.
Thomas Hardye School - Dorchester (6th form will be OPEN)
Dorchester Middle School
Damers First School (Dorchester)
Bridport Primary School
Southill Primary School (Weymouth)
A bus left County Hall this morning to take NUT members to a major rally in Bournemouth.
Adam Miyanji was there for Wessex FM. He spoke to Joanne Kaye the Regional secretary for UNISON who were also at the demo.
You can listen to the full interview here:
We're also being warned that bin services could be affected too.
Here's what the advice is:
Residents with a collection scheduled for 10 July should place their containers out for collection as normal.
If any collections cannot be completed, the DWP will aim to carry out catch-up collections on Saturday, 12 July. If they are not been collected by the end of the day, residents should leave their containers out until the end of Saturday. They can also take their waste to their local household recycling centre.
Residents should not place additional waste out for their next scheduled collection day after 10 July, as this may prevent crews completing collections.
Children's Services (children's centres, etc)
There is no anticipated impact on Children's centres.
Adult social care day services
It is expected that the day services will be running as usual. If there is likely to be any disruption, staff will contact people in advance.
Most, if not all, libraries should be open as normal.
The registration service (births, deaths, marriages) will operate as normal.
Park and ride services
Both Weymouth and Dorchester park and ride services will run as normal.
Dorset Firefighters are also out on strike today.
Members of the FBU will stop work from 10 o'clock this morning for 9 hours in a row over pensions.
Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer, said: "While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls. Our priority will be to respond to those calls where lives may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued. If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need, could be at risk, so please only ring 999 if a fire engine is really needed.
He added: "We are urging members of the public to take extra care to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home or on our heathland. Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or careless disposal of cigarettes. The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week."