Care worker: 'Strike is a last resort'.
The 46-year-old, of Eider Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, who has been a home carer for 12 years, earns S6.57 an hour - SI.05 above the minimum wage for an adult - and said the 2.45% pay offer would leave her with just pounds 10.80 extra a month after tax.
"We are dealing with terminally ill people and people with other serious illnesses, including multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy," she said.
"We use specialist equipment, we do their shopping, we do their housework and enable them to live independently and in 12 years our money has gone up by S2.13 an hour. Nobody wants to come out on strike, it is a last resort. But people want to be able to make ends meet and they can't any more on this sort of salary."
RCT and Merthyr Tydfil
Refuse collections may be disrupted. A spokesman said: "The council's Streetcare team are expecting to collect waste as normal, but are warning residents and businesses throughout the county borough the service could be severely disrupted over this period if staff are on strike. Refuse collections and recycling collections may not take place on either day.
Therefore the waste will not be collected until the following week."
No details as yet as to how the strike will affect other services.
The Echo asked Merthyr Tydfil council to provide information, but did not receive a response.
Bridgend council has released the following list setting out how schools in the borough will be hit by the strike:
Abercerdin Primary School - closed
Afon-y-Felin Primary School - closed
Betws Primary School - closed
Blaencaerau Junior School - open amonly
Blaengarw Primary School - closed
Blaenllynfi Infants School - closed
Brackla Junior School - open
Brackla Infants School - open until 1pm only
Bryncethin Primary School - closed
Brynmenyn Primary School - closed
Bryntirion Junior School - closed
Bryntirion Infants School - closed
Cefn Cribwr Primary School - closed
Cefn Glas Infants School - closed
Coety Primary School - Nursery class closed only.
Corneli Primary School - closed
Coychurch (Llangrallo) Primary School - closed
Croesty Primary School - closed
Cwmfelin Primary School - closed
Ffaldau Primary School - closed
Garth Primary School - closed
Heol-y-Cyw Primary School - open
Litchard Junior School - open
Litchard Infants School - open
Llangewydd Junior School - open
Llangynwyd Primary School - closed
Maes yr Haul Primary School - closed
Mynydd Cynffig Junior School - closed
Mynydd Cynffig Infants School - closed
Nantyffyllon Primary School - closed
Nantymoel Primary School - closed
Newton Primary School - closed
Nottage Primary School - open
Ogmore Vale Primary - closed
Oldcastle Junior School - closed
Oldcastle Infants School - closed
Pandy Infants School - closed
Pencoed Junior School - closed
Pencoed Infants School - closed
Penybont Primary School - closed
Pil Primary School - closed
Plasnewydd Primary School - closed
Porthcawl Primary School - closed
Tondu Primary School - closed
Trelales Primary School - open except for nursery
Tremains Infants School - closed
Tremains Junior School - open
Tynyrheol Primary School - closed
West Park Primary School - closed
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr - closed
YGG CwmGarw - closed
Ysgol Cynwyd Sant - closed
Ysgol Y Ferch o'r Sger Corneli - closed
Pen-y-Fai Church in Wales Primary - closed
Archdeacon John Lewis C inWPrimary - closed
St. Mary's Primary Catholic School - open
St Mary & St Patrick Primary Catholic School - losed
St Robert's Primary Catholic School - closed
Bridgend Pupil Referral Unit - closed
Heronsbridge Special School - closed
Ysgol Bryn Castell - closed
KPC - open
Caerau Nursery - closed
Pontycymmer Nursery School - closed
Sarn Nursery School - closed
Corneli Children Centre - closed
Archbishop McGrath - closed (July 17 and 18 are nset Days)
Brynteg - closed
Bryntirion Comprehensive - closed
Cynffig Comprehensive - closed
Maesteg Comprehensive - closed
Ogmore School - closed - school trip planned for July
16 will go ahead and Mayor's Award Ceremony will take place on July 17.
Pencoed School - closed but trips planned for July 16 will go ahead.
Porthcawl Comprehensive - closed
Ynysawdre Comprehensive - closed
Main civic offices will remain open while refuse services are likely to be unaffected.
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READY TO STRIKE: From left, Cardiff County Council home care workers who'll be striking, Wendy Christian, Sylvia Harry, Claire Walters, Gillian Chichester, Georgina Roberts and Jane Davin picture: Andrew James Y
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Jul 14, 2008|
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