Schools Forced to Close over Strike; COUNCIL: City Libraries and Refuse Collections Affected by Pay Dispute

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Byline: By Helen Thomas

ELEVEN schools and nearly all libraries in Coventry will be closed today and tomorrow because of a strike by council workers.

Members of trade unions Unison and Unite are staging the action as part of a national dispute over pay.

Seven primary schools in the city will close, along with all but two of the city's libraries - Earlsdon and Jubilee Crescent. Four special schools will also be affected by the strike, while all secondary schools will remain open.

School staff involved in the strike include caretakers, classroom and teaching assistants, dinner ladies and secretaries.

The industrial action will mean Broadgate House reception will be closed for both days; the Coventry Direct Express Bus will be off the road on both days; and the council's contact centre will close early at 6.30pm.

As reported in the Telegraph earlier this week, bin collections will also be affected by the strike but the council is advising people to put out their rubbish as normal.

Acting chief executive Bev Messinger said: "Our absolute priority is to try and keep disruption to the public to a minimum, and we're aiming where we can to deliver a full service. …