Merton keeps up services despite national strike

Merton Council will be providing a skeleton waste collection service on Wednesday and Thursday to minimise the impact on residents of the national strike taking place across the country.

At the moment the council cannot predict how many residents might be affected by the strike on 16 and 17 July and the council apologises for anyone’s rubbish not collected during the two days. However, an extra collection will be taking place on Saturday 19 July to pick up any waste left out.

Other services which may be affected include community support services and telephone enquiries regarding council tax. The council is expecting schools and other children’s services to be open as usual although adult education centres and day centres may be closed on both days.

Council leader Councillor David Williams said: “We apologise for any inconvenience to residents caused by the proposed national strike but the council will be laying on skeleton services for the most front line services on both days.

“We are looking to give residents as much warning as possible about the strike and how it might affect them. We advise people to look at our website both before and during the strike to find out exactly what services will be affected and what back up facilities the council will be providing.”