County residents are being warned to expect disruption to a range of public sector services as a result of strike action on Wednesday, November 30th.
Whilst critical council services will be maintained, including domiciliary and residential care, it is anticipated that a number of other services may be affected.
Carmarthenshire County Council has been notified that many schools will be closed, as will all council offices, community centres, and other council buildings.
The following libraries will be open as normal: Llandovery, Llandeilo, Brynaman, Pontyberem, Trimsaran, Llangennech, Newcastle Emlyn, Ysgol y Bedol library, Kidwelly and Cross Hands.
Leisure venues will also face disruption, with the exception of Burry Port Harbour and the Millennium Coastal Park. Visitors are being encouraged to check with their local venue before making any special journeys.
There will be no refuse or recycling collections on Wednesday. Residents who would usually have their waste and recycling collected are being asked not to put it out until their next scheduled collection. In the interim, they can also use their local Household Waste Recycling Centre, which will be open as usual.
Positive discussions with local trade union representatives have ensured that critical services for the county’s most vulnerable residents will be safeguarded.
As such, residential care homes will continue to operate and community care services and community meals will be provided for people who have the greatest need.
Standby arrangements have also been put in place to ensure that the council has the ability to respond to any emergencies which may arise.
Wednesday’s industrial action is being held as a result of proposed changes to public sector pension schemes, including the Local Government Pension Scheme and the Teachers Pension Scheme.
The UK Government has been in discussion with trade unions at a national level about the potential changes, and so far these concerns have not been resolved.