Warning to Fifers as strike action looms

Ronnie Hinds
Ronnie Hinds

FIFERS can expect disruption to services and probable school closures when council staff go on strike later this month.

While it is not known how many Fife Council employees will take part in the industrial action planned for Wednesday, November 30, the local authority has warned residents of likely disruption to normal services, including the probability of some school closures.

Members of the largest public sector trade union, Unison, and teachers’ union, the EIS have voted to strike, although results of other unions’ ballots are not due until next week.

More than 12,700 council employees are members of a trade union.

Fife Council chief executive, Ronnie Hinds 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 on November 30.

“We are in discussion with the unions in the hope that staff working in such areas will be exempt from strike action.

“Management teams are looking at their business continuity plans and we will issue more advice to customers nearer the time.”

Kenneth Greer, executive director of education said: “As ever, we will do our best to keep schools open, but with both teaching and non-teaching staff involved in the industrial action, I think it’s inevitable that there will be significant disruption to schooling on November 30.

“Nearer the day we will give parents more information about whether their children should attend school once we have established likely patterns of disruption.

“We will also use our alerts system to notify parents and carers of any closures.

“In the meantime I would encourage parents to think about their options for childcare in case it’s needed.”