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

The Advertiser Series: 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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12:22pm Wed 9 Jul 14

johnny_p says...

"Asking TAXPAYERS not to call during industrial action".

Yes, that"s right. Telling the people who pay their wages not to bother calling them as they haven"t shown in to work.

Suggestion: if you don"t like your jobs, for whatever reason that may be, go and find a similar job in the private sector.
"Asking TAXPAYERS not to call during industrial action". Yes, that"s right. Telling the people who pay their wages not to bother calling them as they haven"t shown in to work. Suggestion: if you don"t like your jobs, for whatever reason that may be, go and find a similar job in the private sector. johnny_p
  • Score: 15

12:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

loan_star says...

Ada is probably worried she might have to help on the phones!
As for the bins, if we put rubbish out on the wrong day we get fined so maybe the council should fine themselves for not picking it up when promised!
Ada is probably worried she might have to help on the phones! As for the bins, if we put rubbish out on the wrong day we get fined so maybe the council should fine themselves for not picking it up when promised! loan_star
  • Score: 24

1:29pm Wed 9 Jul 14

g8crasher says...

I don't think we have anything to worry about, have you seen the state of the town recently?

We won't even be able to notice that the lazy ones are striking again!!!!
I don't think we have anything to worry about, have you seen the state of the town recently? We won't even be able to notice that the lazy ones are striking again!!!! g8crasher
  • Score: 5

3:25pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Withnail Lefty says...

And don't call after 2.00pm on any Friday as everyone has "left for the day"
And don't call after 2.00pm on any Friday as everyone has "left for the day" Withnail Lefty
  • Score: 2

7:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

maclaren says...

johnny_p wrote:
"Asking TAXPAYERS not to call during industrial action".

Yes, that"s right. Telling the people who pay their wages not to bother calling them as they haven"t shown in to work.

Suggestion: if you don"t like your jobs, for whatever reason that may be, go and find a similar job in the private sector.
Johnny p your comment is offensive I work for the council yes WORK and I pay taxes to, I will be going into work tomorrow because I am grateful to have a job, I think the 1% offer is outrageous when I know for a fact that the private sector in my profession have on average achieved 7% and most of my work colleagues feel the same way! but we will be turning up for work. Why because we are NOT work shy lazy buggers like you imply so stop tarring all council workers with the same brush you small minded bigot
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: "Asking TAXPAYERS not to call during industrial action". Yes, that"s right. Telling the people who pay their wages not to bother calling them as they haven"t shown in to work. Suggestion: if you don"t like your jobs, for whatever reason that may be, go and find a similar job in the private sector.[/p][/quote]Johnny p your comment is offensive I work for the council yes WORK and I pay taxes to, I will be going into work tomorrow because I am grateful to have a job, I think the 1% offer is outrageous when I know for a fact that the private sector in my profession have on average achieved 7% and most of my work colleagues feel the same way! but we will be turning up for work. Why because we are NOT work shy lazy buggers like you imply so stop tarring all council workers with the same brush you small minded bigot maclaren
  • Score: 1

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