14 per cent of Cumbria County Council staff took industrial action

Final figures from Cumbria County Council show around one in seven - 14 per cent of council employees eligible to strike took industrial action on Wednesday, November 30. However, these figures do not include staff directly employed in schools - so the total number registered as striking was 1,040 employees out of a total of 7,486 who could have taken industrial action.

The Fire Brigades Union and Retained Firefighters Union were not part of the industrial action. Of the 167 Safer and Stronger employees who were eligible to take part in the industrial action, 33 went on strike yesterday (20 per cent of staff went on strike). There were no reports of any service disruption which would have an impact on the public and all trading standards offices remained open.

In the Environment sector 34 people out of a total of 399 in the directorate took part in the industrial action (Nine per cent of staff went on strike). Many of the frontline services in the environment directorate, such as in highways and waste, are delivered by contractors on behalf of the council and therefore yesterday's industrial action has had no effect on service delivery. The Highways Hotline operated as usual.

In Organisational Development (including human resources, ICT and procurement) 11 people out of a total of 168 in the directorate took part in the industrial action (Seven per cent of staff went on strike). There have been no reports of any impact on payroll (30 November is also the monthly pay day).

In Resources (including finance, legal, property and facilities management): a total of 138 employees took part in the industrial action - largely in the area of facilities management (school catering, cleaning etc), where 105 people went on strike. The remaining 28 employees were in legal and finance. This means that 133 out of a total of 1,209 staff went on strike, a rate of eleven per cent.

In Chief Executive 19 people out of a total of 99 in the directorate took part in the industrial action (19 per cent of staff).

In Children's Services the council confirmed yesterday that 220 schools closed, 16 were partially open and 67 were open. A total of 220 people (11 per cent) working in children's services (but not directly in schools) were striking yesterday. This is out of a total of 1,981 in the directorate (excluding schools).

In Adult and Local Services out of a total of 3,463 staff working in adult and local services (including library staff) 585 took part in the industrial action (a total of 17 per cent).