Major effect on range of services in Kirklees
COUNCIL services in Kirklees could grind to a halt in a one-day walkout next Tuesday.
Schools face disruption as support staff, dinner ladies and caretakers stay away.
Thousands of union members are expected to join the national strike over pensions.
Kirklees Council today spelled out the extent of the disruption expected.
Most public offices, buildings and facilities will either be closed or have only minimum numbers of staff working.
In many cases staff who are working are unlikely to be able to deal with detailed or complex inquiries.
Services that will not be operating or open at all include revenues and benefits, cash and information offices, area housing offices, the two main Kirklees Information Points in Huddersfield and Dewsbury and other frontline service points.
Queensgate Market in Huddersfield will be closed.
The council's contact centre Kirklees Direct will be open on a limited basis for emergency calls.
The main town halls at Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton and Batley will be closed.
All libraries and public halls will be closed.
Householders and traders who normally have their bins emptied on a Tuesday will not get a service and are asked not to put them out for emptying until the following week.
But household waste sites are expected to be open.
In social services, most emergency care and residential care services will continue to be provided as normally as possible.
A council spokesman said: "Every effort will be made to ensure that schools are open.
"However, there may be disruption to school meals services, and school crossing patrols."
He warned: "Where schools depend on high levels of support staff, there may be additional difficulties."
Individual schools will notify parents in advance of any closure or changed arrangements.
Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing also expects most, if not all, its offices to be closed and to be dealing with emergencies only.
Swimming pools, sports and leisure centres managed by Kirklees Active Leisure are set to open as normal.
But users are advised to check for details of which activities will be available on the day.