THOUSANDS of parents will have to make emergency childcare arrangements next week as a council workers’ strike hits Huddersfield.
Dozens of schools have already confirmed that they will close on Wednesday and Thursday and many more are expected to follow suit.
There will also be major problems for thousands of householders who will not have their rubbish bins emptied.
They will remain uncollected for at least another two weeks.
Libraries, museums and council offices are also likely to close as thousands of Unison union members employed by Kirklees take 48-hour strike action over pay.
The workers have been offered a 2.45% rise, but say it is well below inflation.
Unison branch secretary Paul Holmes said: “We regret the action, but we have to do something.
“Our members voted heavily in favour of action and I expect the strike will be rock- solid.
“I appreciate that parents will be hit when the schools are closed, but you have to remember that many of our members are parents, too. The schools have had plenty of notice of the strike and should have made arrangements.”
Talks are continuing behind the scenes over issues such as the bin collections planned for Wednesday and Thursday and for care workers.
Some emergency cover is likely to be brought in for people who need care in their homes, but there are unlikely to be catch-up collections for the bins.
That will mean that some grey bins will have a month’s waste in them before they are emptied.
A council spokesman said: “We are working with the schools and hope to have definitive list of what will be happening by early next week.
“But parents are advised to check directly with the schools about whether or not they will be open. The action includes caretakers, cleaners and catering staff as well as teaching assistants.”
Schools to close completely
Almondbury CE (VC) I & N School
Batley Parish CE (A) J I & N School
Birkby I & N School
Bradley CE (VC) I & N School
Brownhill Infant School
Bywell CE (C) Junior School
Chickenley Community J I & N School
Clough Head J & I School
Denby Dale Nursery School
Earlsheaton Infant School
Gilthwaites First School
Gomersal St Mary's CE (A) F & N School
Honley CE (VC) Junior School
Kirkheaton Primary School
Lindley CE (VA) Infant School
Lindley Junior School
Lowerhouses CE (VC) J I & E Y School
Marsden Junior School
Meltham Moor Primary School
Mill Lane J I & E Y School
Nortonthorpe Hall School
Spring Grove J I & N School
Thornhill J & I School
Wellhouse J & I School
OTHER SCHOOLS AFFECTED
Beech Early Years I & J School: Partially closed. Beeches Out of School Club will not be open during the action due to staffing levels
Knowles Hill I & N School: Partially closed. Nursery school closed.
Upperthong J & I School: Partially closed. Open for Y5 & Y6 Only; pupils will have to go home
Thornhill Lees CE (C) I & N School: Partially closed. Nursery closed. Children to bring in packed lunches.
Heaton Avenue F & N School: Partially closed. Morning of the 16th nursery closed. Whole school closed on 17th
Littletown J I & N School: Partially closed. Closed to P/T pupils. Reception class only open in the morning.
There will be an updated list in Monday’s Examiner