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Cornwall schools and council services affected by strike action on Nov 30

By RWhitehouse  |  Posted: November 30, 2011

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NATIONAL strike action is set to take place on Wednesday (Nov 30) by public sector unions protesting against government plans to alter terms and conditions of pension schemes.

In Cornwall up to 30,000 public sector workers could go on strike for the day affecting a wide range of public services including schools, hospitals, court services and council services.

Cornwall Council said: "Following discussions with trade unions we have agreed a number of life and limb services that will remain open on the day of strike action.

"These include approved mental health social workers working on emergency rotas, staff at children's residential centres, crisis support staff and emergency family placement staff in children, schools and families; lifeline operators; housing options staff dealing with emergencies and highway staff dealing with winter maintenance.

"We are hoping that our One Stop Shops, registration services and libraries will remain open with a skeleton staff."

Cornwall Council is providing regular updates on which schools will be closed on Wednesday as well as which council services will be affected.

We will be sharing that list here at thisiscornwall.co.uk and will be regularly updating it ahead of the day of strike action.

Schools currently indicating that they will be closed on Wednesday November 30 (List updated 5.30pm Tuesday now 166 schools affected) -

Altarnun School - open to Class 1 and Class 3 only

Alverton Community Primary School

Berrycombe Primary School - closed to Foundation Class and Year 4

Biscovey Junior School

Bishop Cornish School

Blackwater CP School

Bodmin School - closed to all students apart from those who attend Greenfield Unit

Bodriggy Primary School

Boskenwyn School

Bosvigo School

Braddock CE School

Breage Church of England School

Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy

Bude Junior School - partly closed

Budehaven Community School

Bugle School

Burraton School - open to classes 2RG and 3TD only

Callington Community College

Calstock School

Camborne Nursery School - open 9 am to 1pm

Camelford Primary School - open to Nursery, Area resource Base and Fistral and Bossiney classes only

Cape Cornwall School

Carbeile Junior School

Carclaze Community Primary School

Cardinham School

Chacewater School

Connor Downs School

Coverack School

Crowan Primary School - open to Releath and Trenoweth classes and Crenver class pm

Curnow School

Delabole School

Devoran School

Dobwalls CP School

Doubletrees School

Egloskerry School - open to Class 3 only

Falmouth Primary School

Fourlanesend School

Fowey Community College

Germoe School

Goonhavern Primary School

Gorran School

Grade Ruan C of E School

Grampound with Creed School

Gunnislake School

Gwinear School

Hayle Community School

Heamoor School - Willows Pre School open as usual

Helston Community College - closed to Years 7 - 11

Humphry Davy School

Illogan School

Jacobstow Primary School

Kehelland School

Kennall Vale School

King Charles Primary School

Lanivet School

Launceston College

Launceston CP School

Leedstown CP School

Liskeard Hillfort Primary School

Liskeard School and Community College

Looe Community School

Looe Primary School

Manaccan CP School

Marazion School

Marhamchurch  School - closed to classes 2, 4 and 5

Marlborough School

Mevagissey School

Millbrook CEVA Primary School

Mithian School

Mount Charles School

Mounts Bay Academy

Mousehole Community Primary School

Mullion CP School

Mylor Bridge School

Nancealverne School

Nancledra School

Nanpean Primary School

Nanstallon School

Newlyn School

Newquay Tretherras

Nine Maidens Short Stay School

Parc Eglos School

Pelynt School

Penair School

Pencoys Primary School

Pennoweth School - partially closed

Penpol School

Penponds School

Penrice Community College - open to Year 7 only

Penryn College

Penryn Junior School

Pensans School

Pensilva School

Perran-ar-Worthal School

Perranporth Community School

Polperro Community Primary School

Polruan School

Poltair Scjool - open to Year 7 only

Pondhu Primary School

Pool Academy - open to selected Year 11 students

Porthleven School

Portreath School

Quethiock C of E School

Redruth School

Richard Lander School

Robartes Junior School

Rosemellin School

Roskear Primary and Nursery School

Saltash.net school - open to some Year 11 students

Sennen School

Shortlanesend School

Sir James Smith's Community School

South Petherwin School

St Agnes School ( open to 1,5,and 6 classes between 8.55 and 12 )

St Breock Primary School

St Breward CP School

St Catherine's C of E school

St Cleer School

St Columb Minor Academy

St Day and Carharrack Community School

St Dennis CP School

St Erth School

St Francis School

ST Germans School

St Issey School

St Ives Infant School

St Ives Junior School

St Just Primary School

St Keverne CP School

St Levan School

St Martins School, Liskeard

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Bodmin - partially closed

St Mary's Church of England School, Penzance

St Mawes Primary School

St Meriadoc C E VA Nursery and Infant School

St Meriadoc Junior School

St Merryn School

St Michaels C of E Primary School Helston

St Minver School

St Newlyn East Primary School

St Nicolas CE VA School

ST Stephen Churchtown CP School

St Stephens CP School, Launceston - only open to ARB

St Uny Church of England Primary School

St Wenn School

Stoke Climsland School

The Beacon Infant and Nursery School, Bodmin

The Roseland Community College

Tintagel Primary School

Torpoint Community College

Tregadillet CP School

Tregolls School

Tregony Community Primary School

Trekenner CP School

Treloweth School

Treverbyn Academy

Trevithick Learning Academy

Treyew Primary School

Tywardreath School

Upton Cross Primary School

Wadebridge Primary School

Wadebridge School

Warbstow School

Weeth CP School - open to Foundation, 2, 3/3, 4/5, and 5/6 classes only

Wendron School

Whitstone CP School

Cornwall Council services affected -

Cornwall Records Office will be closed

Waste collection services could be altered

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  • Slimslad  |  November 30 2011, 7:28PM

    "Private sector funds have been revised with everybody taking their share of the pain"? That made me chuckle, Willywonka. The rest of your patronizing post made me yawn.

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  • SmokieJoe  |  November 30 2011, 6:48PM

    @ Willywonka11 Do you think if you keep cutting and pasting the same thing over and over without ever addressing the truth of the matter makes it right? The truth is adjustments were already made, the pensions are affordable and sustainable. What makes things difficult is the continued support given to wealthy individuals and companies by allowing tax avoidance/dodging, and a totally unjust distribution of the wealth of the country (tax gap of approximately £120 billion). Even the dumbest member of society can see that by distributing a more equal share of wealth between 100 people leads to more of that money being spent within the economy amongst many more businesses than 1 person having the vast majority of the wealth which they keep mostly to themselves. And can you tell me which pension fund the increased contributions would be going to, or do you accept calling it increased pension contributions is less like the truth than calling it a tax on public sector employees?

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  • nickthompson  |  November 30 2011, 6:15PM

    "Francis Maude's publicly funded pension is £43,825 a year with a pot of £731,883 David Cameron's publicly funded pension is £32,978 a year with a pot of £550,725 George Osborne's publicly funded pension is £32,978 a year with a pot of £550,725 Nick Cleggs's publicly funded pension is £28,404 a year with a pot of £440,000 Eric Pickles' publicly funded pension is £43,825 a year with a pot of £731,883 Vince Cable's publicly funded pension is £39,551 a year with a pot of £660,507 Andrew Lansley's publicly funded pension is £39,551 a year with a pot of £660,507 Danny Alexander's publicly funded pension is £26,404 a year with pot of £440,942. ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. When are we all going to wake up?????????????????????????????????????????????

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  • Willywonka11  |  November 30 2011, 5:58PM

    Pensions THEFT - ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha..!! Actually, don't know why I am laughing at that one. I've heard it all too often before, and it wasn't even that funny the first time around. I am not arguing that there isn't a big problem, just a failure to accept simple economic facts given the overwhelming evidence placed before them. People living longer, money has to come from somewhere. Private sector funds have been revised with everybody taking their share of the pain. Public sector funds, if no reform, cannot be afforded. So if nothing changes, who pays? ALL the taxpayers (public and private sector). Therefore who pays twice? Private sector employees. Who does not pay their fair share? Public sector employees. Not a difficult concept to grasp, but then I suppose sitting in a public sector job just counting down the days when they can retire years before their private sector equivalent, not actively using all the brain cells for too many years, finally means that brains turn to mush. This is my final post on the matter, as I have just got so bored with people who cannot see the simple (proven, documented, logical) FACTS. Back to work tomorrow for all the strikers tomorrow. Let's see if they demonstrate as much teamwork when they are "adding value" to the economy as opposed to the pathetic actions of today.

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  • toffer99  |  November 30 2011, 5:32PM

    Well, the local people affected by the pensions theft really seem to think there's a big problem, Mr williwonka, in spite of your obscurantist post. Take a look: http://tinyurl.com/cwpbtnc That doesn't look like they think "We're all in this together". And if thats Cameron's 'damp squib' I'd hate to see what a dry banger looks like!

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  • Willywonka11  |  November 30 2011, 5:14PM

    @ SmokieJoe For everybody, and for the avoidance of doubt, just check out the Public Sector Pensions Commission report published in July 2010. http://tinyurl.com/24q6fng I wouldn't expect you to read it all, as there are 92 pages of findings and possible recommended actions, as well as plenty of complex issues that I cannot hope for some simple folk to comprehend, but just to pick out a few.... 1. Life expectancy for men and women is around 80, and people reaching the age of 65 are living almost another 20 years on average. In 50 years' time, life expectancy at 65 could reach 30-35 years. Certainly for individuals who retire at 60 – not unusual in the public sector – many people could spend longer retired than working. 2. The method (historically) used to evaluate unfunded liabilities is too high, having the effect of lowering the value of those outstanding liabilities. 3. The unfunded public sector pension liabilities are estimated at between £770bn and £1,176bn, with most leaning towards the larger estimate. To put that into context, national debt in 2009-10 stood at £777bn. 4. In 2008, 94 per cent of public sector employees were members of a defined benefit pension scheme, compared with just 11 per cent in the private sector. The private sector has been acting for 10 years to balance the books of their pension funds, but the public sector schemes have been able to run out of control. 5. In the year 2000, 4.4m public sector workers out of 5.3m in employment were in defined benefit schemes representing 83% of the workforce. This has risen to the 94% figure in year 2008 where 5.4m out of the total employ of 5.75m are in such schemes. For private sector, in 2000 the figures were 4.6m out of 22.26m (21%), but this has fallen dramatically to 2.6m out of 23.74m (11%). 6. In all public sector schemes except for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), the normal pension age for existing members is still 60 or below, compared with a state pension age of 65 and a normal pension age of 65 for most members of private sector occupational schemes. 7. We've seen the arguments that pensions were to compensate for lower pay, but this cannot now be argued with any degree of credibility. In recent years, pay growth in the public sector has outstripped the private sector, and it is no longer the case that public sector pay lags behind private sector. 7.1 For full time employees, gross annual pay is higher in the public sector for all but the top 25 per cent, while for part time employees only the bottom 10 per cent are better paid in the private sector. 7.2 Gross hourly pay is higher in the public sector for all but the top 10 per cent of full time employees, while for part time employees, gross hourly pay is higher at all levels in the public sector. Now I know someone in the public sector is going to come back and claim something along the lines that this is "all propaganda, artificially created to support the cost-cutting theft of the ConDem alliance" but....... Private sector fund members have taken the pain for their employers' funds' problems. Without reform, the public sector fund members now expect those same taxpayers to foot the bill and bolster the flagging financial position of the public sector funds. Vote from me: NO CHANCE..!! I am in the fortunate position of understanding all of the following - pension funds, investments, longevity projections, commercial business, and the machinations of public sector working. And if we do not do something about this, then the UK will end up in the same stinking mess that Greece is in, Italy has just become, and that France will soon also become. Forget your strikes, unless you want to lose even more friends. Get back to work and settle for the amendments.

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  • toffer99  |  November 30 2011, 4:31PM

    Apparently The Sun asked TUC general secretary Brendan Barber to put the case for the strike. 200 words but they still pulled it. Worth a read, it won't take long: http://tinyurl.com/c8khy5h

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  • toffer99  |  November 30 2011, 4:12PM

    So this site can't handle bit.ly. OK, I'll try again: The two great pension myths of our time fro Standard's ex-City Editor Tony Hilton: http://tinyurl.com/7lojvuc

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  • toffer99  |  November 30 2011, 4:07PM

    London Evening Standard's ex-City Editor Tony Hilton busts myth of 'generous' public sector pensions: null

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  • nickthompson  |  November 30 2011, 4:00PM

    Francis Maude's publicly funded pension is £43,825 a year with a pot of £731,883 David Cameron's publicly funded pension is £32,978 a year with a pot of £550,725 George Osborne's publicly funded pension is £32,978 a year with a pot of £550,725 Nick Cleggs's publicly funded pension is £28,404 a year with a pot of £440,000 Eric Pickles' publicly funded pension is £43,825 a year with a pot of £731,883 Vince Cable's publicly funded pension is £39,551 a year with a pot of £660,507 Andrew Lansley's publicly funded pension is £39,551 a year with a pot of £660,507 Danny Alexander's publicly funded pension is £26,404 a year with pot of £440,942. ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. When are we all going to wake up?????????????????????????????????????

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