Strike action takes place across borough

Old Leake Primary School will be partially closed on Nov 30 due to strikes.
Old Leake Primary School will be partially closed on Nov 30 due to strikes.

BOSTONIANS are preparing for a day of disruption tomorrow, as public sector workers plan to strike in a nationwide dispute over the pensions system.

Teachers, council workers and medical staff are among those taking industrial action over proposed changes including increased pension contributions and a higher retirement age.

The effects of the strike may be far reaching, with many parents potentially having to take time off work to look after children because of full or partial school closures at sites around the borough.

About three million people are set to strike across the UK, in what has been described as the biggest strike in a generation.

Locally, Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire County Council said they would aim to keep services going, despite the disruption.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “The council hopes to maintain all regular services to the public. There are currently no plans for public access to be denied to any services or council-run buildings, although development nearer the time, or on the day, could lead to some restrictions. The majority of residents should experience no interruption to services. Essential community safety services, such as CCTV cover, will be maintained at all times.”

He added that it was impossible to say how services would be affected until the day of action, as the unions were not obliged to say how many people would be striking.

Lincolnshire County Council’s director for performance and governance, David O’Connor, said: “As a responsible authority we have been making plans for this industrial action for many weeks, and are working towards agreeing service exemptions with the trade unions to ensure that vital life and limb services are maintained. We have also put plans in place to minimise any disruption to other council services.”

Some medical services are also under threat from strike action this week, including those at Pilgrim Hospital.

Staff in the physiotherapy department have announced their intention to strike, among others

A spokesman for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust told the Standard: “The Trust is trying to minimise the amount of disruption to service and is monitoring the situation closely. We will endeavour to avoid cancellations on November 30 but unfortunately cannot guarantee this. We are keeping the situation under review as a clearer picture of the industrial action emerges, but want to reassure patients that all emergency services will be maintained. If patients cannot attend their appointments for some reason on the day due to child care issues for example, we would encourage them to get in touch to rearrange their appointments.”