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Strike ballot for council workers

Thousands of Kirklees Council workers are to be balloted on strike action in protest over compulsory redundancies. More than six thousand five hundred people working for the council are to be asked by their union, Unison, to consider industrial action.

The union claims the council has made two workers at Ashbrow Junior School redundant, contrary to an agreement. Staff will vote for strike action from this Thursday until July the 10th.

Strike action confirmed at Kirklees College

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Kirklees College will be on strike next week.

They will walk out on Thursday 20 June in a row over pay and terms and conditions.

Style is never a replacement for substance and fewer teachers with bigger classes and increased workloads are a poor return for new buildings and scant reward for staff who worked so hard to deliver a glowing OFSTED report.

If the college is allowed to push these changes through local students will suffer - especially those who require additional support with their literacy and numeracy skills and their main studies. It’s the department who provides the specialist support to those students that would bear the brunt of these cuts.

– Julie Kelley, UCU regional official


Goose stabbed in West Yorkshire

A Goose has been stabbed by two men in Meltham in Kirklees. It happened on Monday afternoon. Police were called out to reports that the men had tried to steal the animal in a sack from Royd Road, but attacked it when the Goose resisted and pecked at them. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Mother campaigns against cuts in teachers for the deaf

Hibba Hussain and her daughter Amani (4)

A mother from Dewsbury will take her fight to try to stop cuts in teachers for the deaf to councillors in Kirklees today.

Hibba Hussain, who has two deaf children, will tell Kirklees Cabinet members a thirty per cent cut in such teachers will badly affect how deaf children perform in school.

But Kirklees Council say there's been a fall in demand for teachers for the deaf and children won't lose out.


Cuts would cause public "inconvenience"

Kirklees Council will decide today whether to close all its public toilets - and to axe its kerbside glass collection. The toilets would go in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley, Holmfirth and all the outlying districts.

And the council is looking at having a private company depositing large glass bins throughout the borough on Council land, free of charge.

Unison members are opposed to what they say is a cost-cutting exercise at the expense of the council's so-called "Green Agenda". They are planning to lobby councillors as they meet to discuss the cuts at Huddersfield Town Hall,

VIDEO: Breakfast clubs benefit from Huddersfield Town cash

Dozens of primary school children in Kirklees are now getting a free breakfast thanks to Huddersfield Town Football Club.

Breakfast clubs at six different schools are being given food by the Huddersfield Town Foundation which hopes giving the children a good start in the morning will make them do better in lessons. James Webster reports.

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