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Care worker: 'Strike is a last resort'.

GEORGINA Roberts and her colleagues, who look after elderly and vulnerable people in their homes, are among the thousands of Unison members going on strike.

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

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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