Strikes hit services in Wakefield

UNISON set for strike action
UNISON set for strike action

ALMOST all schools in the district are closed today as teachers join a national public sector strike.

Non-emergency hospital services have also been cancelled after unions called their members out in protest at changes to pensions.

All libraries and museums are closed.

Rubbish and recycling collections are also unlikely to go ahead, Wakefield Council said.

Emergency services and services for vulnerable people are running following an agreement with unions.

Wakefield and Castleford markets are closed but Pontefract Market will open.

Of the district’s 131 schools, just four are open, eight are partially open and 119 are closed.

Emergency hospital services remain open but non-emergency operations have been cancelled. Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals, said most outpatient clinics would be closed. For more information, log on to

Wakefield Council advised residents to check before using a council service. For more information about the disruption, log on to

Schools that are open:

Crigglestone Nursery School and Early Years Centre

Flushdyke Junior and Infant School

Netherton Junior and Infant School

Heworth St Helens Church of England Voluntary Aided Junior and Infant School

Schools partially open:

St Johns Church of England Voluntary Aided Junior and Infant School

Lee Brigg Infant School

Dimple Well Infant School and Nursery

Altofts Junior School

Wrenthorpe Primary School

Castleford Redhill Junior School

Fitzwilliam Primary School

Featherstone Technology College.