Effect of strike still unclear

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PLANS are in place to keep any disruption caused by next Wednesday’s day of industrial action to a minimum.

A number of unions representating public sector workers have voted to strike over proposed changes to their pensions, but a clear picture of how many will walk-out is not available.

So far Middlecott School, Kirton, Sutton St James Primary and Pinchbeck East Primary schools have said they will close for the day, but Lincolnshire County Council has said it is working towards agreeing service exemptions with trade unions to ensure “vital life and limb” services are maintained.

Terry Huggins, chief executive of South Holland District Council, said: “Individuals intending to strike are not obliged to give notice of their intentions but we feel confident our preparation will allow us to deal effectively with the expected scale of any walk-out.”

And NHS Lincolnshire, which runs Johnson Community Hospital, has said it will ensure patients’ care and safety are put first should industrial action be taken by staff.