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Public sector strike: List of Cumbrian school closures and affected services

Schools across Cumbria will be disrupted when a national public sector strike takes place today.

Teachers and support staff are taking part in the action, which also includes Unison, GMB, PCS, Unite and Fire Brigades unions. Today is the first day of eight consecutve days of industrial action by the FBU.

The action is part of a national campaign protesting against the government’s proposed changes to work and pensions. Unions say public sector workers have been offered a pay increase of just one per cent, something they claim means a wage cut in real teams.

It will affect council services across the county, including Carlisle City Council, Eden, Copeland and Allerdale councils.

In Carlisle, the majority of frontline services are expected to carry on as normal with refuse collections and greenbox collections unaffected. There will be no scheduled kerbside garden waste or plastic-cardboard collections.

Copeland council says brown bin and black box collections today and tomorrow are cancelled. Black bin or blue sacks should be put out for collection as normal.

"If we are able to we will collect it that day and if not it will certainly be collected by Friday afternoon. Please leave your bin out as we cannot say exactly when it will be collected and will not be able to return if the bin is not out when our crew calls," says a council statement.

Cancelled garden waste collections today and tomorrow are: Haile, Wilton, Holmrook, Bootle, Lowca, the Hill in Millom, St Bees, Sandwith, Braystones, Rottington.

Cancelled black box recycling collections today and tomorrow: St Bees, Rothersyke, Sandwith, Lowca, Haile, Wilton, Moor Row.

Household waste rounds scheduled for today which may be collected late: Arlecdon, Rowrah, Lamplugh, Asby, Cleator, Egremont, Frizington, St Bees, Nethertown, Braystones, Moor Row, Keekle.

Allerdale council's benefits, licensing and planning departments are closed. Its customer service counters in Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport and Workington are also closed. The customer services telephone will be manned and the counter in Wigton remains open.

Picket lines were formed outside the Civic Centre and The Courts in Carlisle this morning.

Workers from all of the unions will take part in a mass rally in Carlisle city centre at 12.30pm today.

Schools partially closed

  • All Saints' CofE, Cockermouth - partial closure in years 1, 2, 3 and 6 only. Rest of school open as usual.
  • Burgh by Sands Primary
  • Caldew School, Dalston - closed for year 8 and 9. Students in years 7, 10 and 12 should attend as normal.
  • Eaglesfield Paddle Primary, Eaglesfield
  • The Gillford Centre
  • Holy Family Catholic Primary, Barrow
  • Inglewood Junior, Carlisle - closed to year 5
  • Keswick School - shut to pupils in years 10, 11 and 12 with the exception of those who are on trips in year 10. Year 7 form prefects and senior prefect team expected in school as usual to help on induction day. The new year seven induction day is going ahead as planned. Parents and year six pupils are asked to arrive in school at their allocated times.
  • Kingmoor Junior, Carlisle
  • Netherhall School, Maryport - open for years 10 and 12
  • Newlaithes Infants, Carlisle
  • Our Lady & St Patrick's - years 4, 5, 6 affected
  • Richard Rose Morton, Carlisle - open to year 7 only
  • St Bede's Catholic Primary, Carlisle
  • St Patrick’s Primary, Workington - some classes affected
  • Stanwix Primary, Carlisle
  • Walney School, Barrow - closed to years 7, 8, 9
  • Westfield Nursery and Primary, Workington - nursery open, primary closed
  • Whitehaven Academy - open for years 7, 10 and 12 only
  • William Howard, Brampton - open to year 12 students only
  • Wreay Primary - reception, year 1 & 2 affected
  • Vicarage Park CofE Primary School, Kendal - school will be partially open. Years 2, 4 and 5 will be in all day. Year 6 will be in during the afternoon only.

Schools fully closed

  • Askam Village School, Askam-In-Furness
  • Bram Longstaffe Nursery, Barrow
  • Bransty, Whitehaven
  • Broughton Primary
  • Derwent Vale Primary, Great Clifton
  • Ewanrigg Junior, Maryport
  • Flimby Primary, Flimby
  • Frizington Community Primary, Frizington
  • Hindpool Nursery, Barrow-In-Furness
  • James Rennie, Carlisle
  • Jericho, Whitehaven
  • Kells Infants, Whitehaven
  • Mayfield, Whitehaven
  • Millom Infants, Millom
  • Montreal CofE Primary, Cleator Moor
  • Netherton Infant, Maryport
  • Newbarns Primary, Barrow
  • Newtown Community Primary, Carlisle
  • North Lakes, Penrith
  • North Walney Primary School, Barrow
  • Northside Primary, Workington
  • Orgill Primary, Egremont
  • Sandside Lodge
  • Seaton CofE Junior, Workington
  • Shankhill Primary, Carlisle
  • South Walney Infant and Nursery School, Barrow
  • St Begh's Junior, Whitehaven
  • St Bridget's Catholic Primary School, Egremont
  • St Cuthbert's, Carlisle
  • St Gregory & St Patrick's, Whitehaven
  • St James' CofE Infants, Whitehaven
  • St Joseph's, Cockermouth
  • St Mary’s Primary, Workington
  • St Paul's CofE Junior School, Barrow
  • Temple Sowerby CofE Primary, Penrith
  • Thomlinson Junior, Wigton
  • Thornhill Primary, Egremont
  • Trinity School, Carlisle
  • Wigton Infant, Wigton
Have your say

Martin, your comments are typical of the arrogance of the life long public sector worker. I work in the public sector but I have worked outside of it as well. Maybe your vision for the UK is Publicland where we tax the private sector to death in order to keep swelling our unafordable public sector.However there does seem to be an inability or unwillingmess to recognise any link between the public sector services we can afford and the health of the private sector.

Both sectors are mutually dependant as it's the private sector that generates wealth for the country and without it we couldn't afford the public sector services we all, including private sector business, depend on.

Things have gotten out of balance now as salaries and conditions in the public sector are, on average, much better than in the private sector despite the fact it's the private sector that pays our wages.

I think I seem to be in a minority of public sector workers who believe the cuts to budgets and reform of pensions is necessary. But then I do have a basic understanding of economics.

Posted by David on 18 July 2014 at 13:13

Piglet, you supply your own answer, you move countries if you don't like the deal here

Public sector jobs are actually the most important in the country: health, policing and education. You can leave them all to the private sector if you like, but the glimpse we get of them doesn't look good does it, and are all for the privileged few? Buy your education at eton, live in a gated community with armed security, have a nice check-up at a private hospital (but don't get ill or they'll find a reason to cancel on you). In america, health insurance is one of the main perks of a job, if you get ill when you're unemployed or without insurance, you basically throw yourself on charity. I guess that would be the crowning glory of privateland?

Posted by martin on 14 July 2014 at 09:45

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