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Council Workers' National Strike - Wed July 17th

All services provided from public buildings in South Tyneside will be unavailable on Wednesday 17th July as a result of industrial action by Council workers.

The one-day strike by members of UNISON and GMB will mean that the majority of services will be totally disrupted.

All schools are expected to be closed along with all leisure facilities and community centres.

All main office buildings, including South Shields and Jarrow Town Halls, Hebburn Civic Centre, Central Library Building, South Shields and all branch libraries will be closed to the public.

All Area Housing Offices and other services such as Council Tax, Housing Benefit at Gordon House, welfare rights, consumer advice and other local offices will also be closed.

There will be no household refuse collection or waste collection from business premises. Residents should not put out wheeled bins. Refuse normally collected on Wednesday July 17th will not be collected until the following Wednesday July 24th along with additional waste which should be stored securely in plastic bags.

Refuse collection on other days will not be affected and wheeled bins should be put out as normal. The Waste Reception Site at Middlefields will be open as normal 8am to 8pm every day.

All Social Services offices will be closed but an Emergency Duty Team will be available. All residential homes for children and elderly people and other vulnerable people will operate as normal.

Day care centres and adult training centres will be closed. Home care services and meals on wheels services will continue to operate normally for high dependency cases.

There will be no burials or cremations. South Shields Wednesday Market will not be held. Public conveniences with attendants will be closed.

The Warden Call service will operate normally and resident wardens at sheltered housing schemes will be on duty.

All pre-arranged appointments for housing repairs will be cancelled. The normal out of hours emergency service operated at the Middlefields on 455 6111 can be used at any time on Wednesday July 17th.

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