Don't call during strike unless it's urgent, pleads chief executive

Darlington and Stockton Times: STRIKE PLEA: Darlington Borough Council chief executive Ada Burns STRIKE PLEA: Darlington Borough Council chief executive Ada Burns

A COUNCIL chief executive has urged taxpayers to avoid contacting its call centre during a day of industrial action.

Tens of thousands of public sector workers are expected to take part in co-ordinated strikes - over pay, conditions and cuts - on Thursday (July 10).

Ada Burns, chief executive of Darlington Borough Council, has urged residents in the town to avoid contacting the council's contact centre with non-urgent inquiries.

She said: "Our customer contact centre will be open, but operating on skeleton staff. so please avoid visiting or calling unless your request is urgent.

"Refuse collections should take place as normal.

"However, if your bin is not collected, please take it in and it will be emptied on your next scheduled collection."

For a full list of council services in Darlington affected by the industrial action, visit darlington.gov.uk/publicalerts

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2:41pm Wed 9 Jul 14

theWorkerScum says...

The irony is the taxpayers don't phone the council, its the non-tax payers in receipt of benefits that ring them every other day. lol.
The irony is the taxpayers don't phone the council, its the non-tax payers in receipt of benefits that ring them every other day. lol. theWorkerScum
  • Score: 13

3:22pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Withnail Lefty says...

And don't call after 2.00pm on any Friday because everyone has "left for the day"
And don't call after 2.00pm on any Friday because everyone has "left for the day" Withnail Lefty
  • Score: 14

6:53pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Spy Boy says...

Maybe our bin will be collected and maybe it won't. Looks like she has no idea. I have: Why doesn't Mz Burns and her merry crew volunteer to empty the bins for a day? She may get to see what hard work looks like and it's about time she started to earn her overblown salary, pension and bonus.
Maybe our bin will be collected and maybe it won't. Looks like she has no idea. I have: Why doesn't Mz Burns and her merry crew volunteer to empty the bins for a day? She may get to see what hard work looks like and it's about time she started to earn her overblown salary, pension and bonus. Spy Boy
  • Score: 9

7:37pm Wed 9 Jul 14

hogworth says...

What is it with public sector workers the they seem to think they should be treated differently to private sector workers and nit have to suffer the same problems and restrictions as said private sector workers?
What is it with public sector workers the they seem to think they should be treated differently to private sector workers and nit have to suffer the same problems and restrictions as said private sector workers? hogworth
  • Score: 6

7:52pm Wed 9 Jul 14

maclaren says...

hogworth wrote:
What is it with public sector workers the they seem to think they should be treated differently to private sector workers and nit have to suffer the same problems and restrictions as said private sector workers?
Yea we treated differently alright I have been offered 1% working for the council and the same profession in the private sector has got 7% and before you ask the reason I don't leave is because I am nearing retirement age now and have worked for the council for 25 years, still doesn't make it right and fair
[quote][p][bold]hogworth[/bold] wrote: What is it with public sector workers the they seem to think they should be treated differently to private sector workers and nit have to suffer the same problems and restrictions as said private sector workers?[/p][/quote]Yea we treated differently alright I have been offered 1% working for the council and the same profession in the private sector has got 7% and before you ask the reason I don't leave is because I am nearing retirement age now and have worked for the council for 25 years, still doesn't make it right and fair maclaren
  • Score: -2

9:57pm Wed 9 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

Spy Boy wrote:
Maybe our bin will be collected and maybe it won't. Looks like she has no idea. I have: Why doesn't Mz Burns and her merry crew volunteer to empty the bins for a day? She may get to see what hard work looks like and it's about time she started to earn her overblown salary, pension and bonus.
funnilly i was watching our bin men on monday and couldnt believe how easy its bin made, sos, ,, now theyve got wheels and a lift, great for the lads
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: Maybe our bin will be collected and maybe it won't. Looks like she has no idea. I have: Why doesn't Mz Burns and her merry crew volunteer to empty the bins for a day? She may get to see what hard work looks like and it's about time she started to earn her overblown salary, pension and bonus.[/p][/quote]funnilly i was watching our bin men on monday and couldnt believe how easy its bin made, sos, ,, now theyve got wheels and a lift, great for the lads LUSTARD
  • Score: 4

8:43am Thu 10 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

Council workers are great at wingeing. I have worked at a number of places where there have been cuts in hours, redundancies, pay cuts etc. You just find another job and move on. The same is true if you think you are underpaid. Find somewhere that pays better. It a free world.
From what I can work out salaries at the council are still competitive if not generous compared with the private sector as are holidays etc.
The way some people in the private sector are treated gives a lot more cause for concern.
Council workers are great at wingeing. I have worked at a number of places where there have been cuts in hours, redundancies, pay cuts etc. You just find another job and move on. The same is true if you think you are underpaid. Find somewhere that pays better. It a free world. From what I can work out salaries at the council are still competitive if not generous compared with the private sector as are holidays etc. The way some people in the private sector are treated gives a lot more cause for concern. Homshaw1
  • Score: 4

12:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

DarloXman says...

maclaren wrote:
hogworth wrote:
What is it with public sector workers the they seem to think they should be treated differently to private sector workers and nit have to suffer the same problems and restrictions as said private sector workers?
Yea we treated differently alright I have been offered 1% working for the council and the same profession in the private sector has got 7% and before you ask the reason I don't leave is because I am nearing retirement age now and have worked for the council for 25 years, still doesn't make it right and fair
Just proves that those working in the public sector do not live in the real world - completely out of touch with reality!

Nowhere has the private sector been rewarding staff with a 7% inflationary pay review - nowhere!

How many people in the private sector go on strike - that's right very few! They know they are damaging their employer and their own security if they do. It is only in the overpaid, insulated public sector that staff continue to strike without a care in the world for their employers and customers - the abused private sector TAXPAYER!

Ms Burns - you comments sum up your incompetence.
[quote][p][bold]maclaren[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogworth[/bold] wrote: What is it with public sector workers the they seem to think they should be treated differently to private sector workers and nit have to suffer the same problems and restrictions as said private sector workers?[/p][/quote]Yea we treated differently alright I have been offered 1% working for the council and the same profession in the private sector has got 7% and before you ask the reason I don't leave is because I am nearing retirement age now and have worked for the council for 25 years, still doesn't make it right and fair[/p][/quote]Just proves that those working in the public sector do not live in the real world - completely out of touch with reality! Nowhere has the private sector been rewarding staff with a 7% inflationary pay review - nowhere! How many people in the private sector go on strike - that's right very few! They know they are damaging their employer and their own security if they do. It is only in the overpaid, insulated public sector that staff continue to strike without a care in the world for their employers and customers - the abused private sector TAXPAYER! Ms Burns - you comments sum up your incompetence. DarloXman
  • Score: 6

2:00pm Thu 10 Jul 14

oliviaden6 says...

On strike or not the answer is all the same indifference and inadequacy!
At the end of the day we pay their wages on to be treated like mushrooms?
On strike or not the answer is all the same indifference and inadequacy! At the end of the day we pay their wages on to be treated like mushrooms? oliviaden6
  • Score: 2

5:50pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Red rose lad says...

Outstanding advice on bin collection from our inspiring Council Leader. If it isn't collected, take it back in and it will be collected next time. Hands up if you wouldn't have figured that one out for yourself. You're worth every penny lass.
Outstanding advice on bin collection from our inspiring Council Leader. If it isn't collected, take it back in and it will be collected next time. Hands up if you wouldn't have figured that one out for yourself. You're worth every penny lass. Red rose lad
  • Score: 6

3:53pm Fri 11 Jul 14

DarloXman says...

Why would anyone with any "urgent" matter call the council? Urgent means immediate response is required - that is something Ms Burn's run council is incapable of providing - whether they are on strike or not!

Anyhow - somehow I managed to survive yesterday despite the strikes in the public sector!
Why would anyone with any "urgent" matter call the council? Urgent means immediate response is required - that is something Ms Burn's run council is incapable of providing - whether they are on strike or not! Anyhow - somehow I managed to survive yesterday despite the strikes in the public sector! DarloXman
  • Score: 7

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