Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson hopesl a meeting with unions will mean an end to a strike that's left the city streets strewn with rubbish.
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Police and the local council on the Wirral are launching a campaign to combat domestic abuse. Research shows that reports of abuse tend to peak after children return to school. Victims are being urged to seek support.
– Jill Barr, manager of the Wirral Council Family Safety Unit
"Domestic abuse has no boundaries and affects women of any age, living in all areas across Wirral. We understand how frightening living with domestic abuse can be. The fear of not knowing what will happen next is often the reason why some women do not feel able to tell anyone about what is happening to them. At the Family Safety Unit we will listen to you, believe your story and work with you to help you break free and live safely away from fear. We can support you with a wide range of options to reduce your risk. We work closely with Merseyside Police and support agencies."
– Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Engagement
"No-one should have to live with the threat of domestic abuse. Very often, just picking up the phone will be the first step to safety, and the start of a life where the threat of violence or intimidation is a thing of the past. It is important to remember that you don’t have to be hit to be in an abusive relationship – domestic violence is also about emotional and psychological abuse. If you or someone you know is in a violent or abusive relationship, please ring the Family Safety Unit, even if it is just for a chat."
Police are urging victims of domestic abuse on Wirral to seek help as part of a new campaign launched this week. Research shows that reports of abuse increase when schools return. As part of the campaign the force have released an anonymous video of a victim talking about the abuse she suffered.
Council workers in Liverpool have walked out in a dispute over pay and job security. Street cleaners, road maintenance workers and ground staff taking part. Refuse collectors are working to rule. The dispute with an outsourcing firm, Amey, is over terms and conditions.
Union members in Liverpool have walked out in a dispute over pay and job security. Street cleaners, road maintenance workers and grounds staff are striking. Refuse collectors have been working to rule since since last Monday, which has seen a backlog of bins going uncollected.
Council workers in Liverpool are on strike in a dispute over pay and job security, with street cleaners, road maintenance, and grounds staff walking out. Refuse workers are working to rule. The GMB and Unite unions are in dispute with out sourcing firm Amey.
– George Patterson, GMB Union
"We thought they might have come back to us with a counter-proposal or something to offer to try to reach a resolution, but they've not been anywhere near us."
– Amey Statement
"We are extremely disappointed that the GMB has taken the decision to strike in Liverpool despite the fact that we have offered union members pay increases above the union's nationally agreed rate. We remain committed to reaching a solution and minimising the disruption for the people of Liverpool and request that if people’s bins remain uncollected that they leave them outside their properties. We will collect them as soon as we can."
– Liverpool Council spokesman
"We are extremely sorry that services are being disrupted due to the ongoing dispute between Amey and the trade unions. We completely understand the frustration of residents, and are urging both sides to resolve it as quickly as possible. Collections are running about three days behind schedule, but this varies across the city. Our advice is that if a refuse or recycling bin is not emptied on the correct day, then people should put it out each morning until a collection takes place."
Council workers in Liverpool have walked out in a dispute over pay and job security. The first of a series of strikes is underway with street cleaners, road maintenance workers and ground staff taking part. Bin collectors are working to rule.