Striking workers to hold lunchtime rally at Guildhall

Liam Gallagher from Unite union.
Liam Gallagher from Unite union.

There will be a lunch-time rally at Guildhall Square as part of the mass public sector strike in Derry.

Those taking part are expected to gather at Dale’s Corner in the Waterside before moving on a march to the cityside at 12.30pm.

Here there will be a rally at Guildhall Square from 1pm.

Unite’s Liam Gallagher and representatives from NIPSA, UNISON and the NUJ are all expected to speak at the rally.

Many of Derry’s public run facilities are closed to the public throughout Thursday due to the industrial action.

Numerous unions representing public sector workers have combined forces to vent their frustration over a dissatisfaction with pay.

The latest announcements have confirmed that all playparks in the city and all recycling amenity facilities will be closed for the remainder of the day, as will the Registrar’s Office.

All other gates facilities will also remain locked, although cemeteries in Derry are said to be opening as normal.

In the city centre, the Guildhall, Tower Museum and Foyle Valley Museums are all closed.

Templemore Sports Complex is closed and the summer recreation scheme currently operating there has been cancelled for the day, with arrangements made for refunds or credit transfers.

The City Baths at William Street and Brooke Park Leisure Centre are also both be closed all day.

Blue and black bins will not be emptied across the city on Thursday, with rescheduling put in place. Notices have gone up to say that black bins in the Waterside scheduled to be emptied Thursday will now be emptied on Friday.

A council spokeswoman said: “Residents are asked to leave their bins out as normal including same collection points on the rescheduled days.”

The Dog Pound at Pennyburn is being staffed by one person, who will be based at the kennels on the strike day to undertake dog kennelling duties.

Bishop’s Field Sports Centre and 3G pitch is open as normal and Lisnagelvin Leisure Centre is open. Summer scheme swimming lessons there are unaffected and will go ahead.

A spokesperson for Libraries NI told the Journal they would advise people in the North West to phone ahead before visiting libraries across Derry to see if they are open.

Two Derry libraries- the Central Library and Shantallow- are among the picket line staging posts listed by the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA).

Other NIPSA picket lines in Derry include the council headquarters on Strand Road; the three Housing Executive offices at the Richmond Centre, Collon Terrace and Horace Street; the NSL Offices, 18 Mourne Drive, Irish Street and beyond the city there will also be a picket line at Strabane Council Offices.