Closures confirmed across city during mass strike

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Many of Derry’s public run facilities will be closed to the public during a mass strike across the city on Thursday.

Numerous unions representing public sector workers are combining forces during a day of industrial action to vent their frustration over a range of issues, including dissatisfaction over pay and jobs.

In the city centre, the Guildhall, and Tower and Foyle Valley Museums will all be closed.

Templemore Sports Complex will close 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 will also both be closed all day.

Blue and black bins will not be emptied across the city, with rescheduling put in place. Notices have gone up to say that blue bins were to be emptied instead a day earlier on Wednesday in the cityside, while black bins in the Waterside 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.”

Speaking about the strike she added; “Derry City Council will operate and provide as normal a service as possible on that day and will endeavour to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.”

The Dog Pound at Pennyburn will be 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 will be open as normal and Lisnagelvin Leisure Centre will remain 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 as it was still unclear as of Wednesday afternoon whether any libraries would be opened on Thursday.

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 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.