Industrial action update
All the latest information on the effects of the industrial action on 16th and 17th July is available to view here. Latest update added at 10:00am on Wednesday 16th July.
LATEST NEWS: Updated 10:00am, Wednesday 16th July: Services appear unaffected in Mansfield by the industrial action taking place today. Refuse collections have taken place as normal this morning; street cleansing teams, highways and the Mansfield crematorium are all operating normally. All services in Mansfield town centre are also unaffected. However, main Council offices remain closed to the public today and tomorrow.
Housing offices at Mansfield Woodhouse and Sandy Lane, Mansfield (South area office) will be closed on both days of industrial action. The Mansfield North office, located at the Civic Centre will also be closed. However, the Warsop Housing Office will be open as normal.
Around 320 members of the Unison and Unite unions at Mansfield District Council (out of a total workforce of approximately 1,100) are due to take strike action on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th July as part of a national dispute over pay.
Pay claims are negotiated at a national level between representatives of local government employers and unions.
The majority of Unison members at Mansfield District Council are clerical and office-based workers.
However, members of the GMB union – who represent mainly frontline workers such as refuse collectors, street cleaners and parks staff at Mansfield District Council – should not be taking industrial action, having earlier voted to accept the pay offer.
As a result of the industrial action, the Civic Centre will be closed to the public on 16th and 17th July and residents may have difficulty when contacting a number of departments on these days.
The Council's telephone contact centre is likely to be closed on both 16th and 17th July. However, the Council's central control will be available to take emergency calls only and can be accessed on the main council number, 01623 463463.
It is anticipated that most other council buildings such as leisure centres, swimming pools and housing offices will be open, albeit some services may not be available.
Union representatives have agreed that staff who work in vital services such as homeless hostel accommodation and the Lifeline telephone service be given exemption from the strike action.
Ruth Marlow, Managing Director of Mansfield District Council said: "Any disruption to services for our residents is regretful but we are seeking to minimise this as far as possible.
"Because this industrial action does not involve all employees and all unions, the level of disruption may well vary from Council to Council and from Council department to Council department.
"The best advice we can give to residents is to go about their business and access services as they would do normally. The worst affected services will have to carefully prioritise their workloads which may cause delays and we would ask members of the public to show extra patience during this difficult time."
Keep checking back at www.mansfield.gov.uk/industrialaction on 16th and 17th July for the latest information on the strike and which services are affected.