MORE than 20 schools in the east of the borough are expecting to be affected by widespread industrial action that is due to take place on Thursday.
Not only will members of the National Union of Teachers walk out in a dispute over pay, pension and workloads, but they will be joined by council staff, firefighters and civil servants.
Only five schools in the east of the borough have confirmed that they will be completely closed for the day but many more will be partially closed to year groups or classes.
Other council services such as bin collections and adult day centres will be affected if the strike goes ahead as members of GMB, Unite and Unison join the NUT.
Alison McKenzie-Folan, director for customer transformation at Wigan Council, said: "A number of services across the council are likely to be disrupted due to the national strike action.
“We would ask customers and residents to visit our website at wigan.gov.uk to keep up to date with the impact on services.
“We expect call waiting times to increase significantly and as such we would urge residents to only contact us for urgent issues.
“Alternatively use our website which can answer many of your queries, or contact us via email at email@example.com.”
Bins scheduled for collection on Thursday will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day.
The council is advising residents to take extra waste to one the three Household Waste Recycling Centres in the borough, at Ince, Atherton and Leigh in the meantime but collections will resume on Friday as normal.
The council’s bulky waste collection will be unavailable, as will pest control, except for emergencies.
Registrars will have fewer staff, meaning fewer appointments will be available.
Seven adult day centres will be closed, though Broadmead, Etherstone and Hunter will remain open. Service users have been notified about the disruptions by letter.
The strike will not affect Wigan and Leigh Housing.
Schools that have so far announced how the strike will affect them are listed below:
Bedford High School - open for all students but it may be that students, for some lessons, will not follow their normal timetable
Golborne High School – open as usual but will impact the school
Westleigh High School - open as usual
St Mary’s Catholic High Astley - open as usual
Fred Longworth High - open as usual but some classes may be affected
Hindley High School – open as usual
Lowton High School – open as usual
Bedford-Hall Methodist Primary – closed to all pupils
Christ Church C.E. Primary Pennington – open as usual
Higher Folds Primary – closed to reception and classes three, five, seven, nine and 10
Leigh Central Primary – check with school
Leigh CE Infants – check with the school
Leigh CE junior – open as usual
Leigh St. Peter’s C.E. Primary – check with the school
Leigh Westleigh Methodist Primary – closed to years one, three and four
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary Leigh – open as usual
St. John’s C.E. Infants Leigh – open as usual
St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary Leigh – closed to years three, four and five
St. Thomas’ C.E. Primary Leigh – closed to all pupils
Twelve Apostles Catholic Primary – open as usual
Westleigh St. Paul’s C.E. Primary – open as usual
Gilded Hollins Community – open in morning to all pupils but closed in the afternoon
Newton Westpark Primary – closed to years three, four and five
St. Catherine’s Catholic Primary Lowton – open to year one only
Bickershaw C.E. Primary – open as usual
Lowton and Golborne
Lowton J & I – open as usual
St. Luke’s C.E. Primary – open as usual
Lowton West Primary – open as usual
Lowton St. Mary’s C.E. Primary – open as usual
Golborne Community Primary – open but some classes affected
Golborne St. Thomas C.E. J & I – closed to two classes
All Saints Catholic Primary Golborne - closed to all pupils but new starters, Inspire session and reception parents evening will go ahead as normal
Tyldesley and Atherton
Garrett Hall Primary – open as usual
St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary – open as usual
St. George’s Central C.E. Primary – open as usual
St. Stephen’s C.E. Primary Astley – open as usual
Tyldesley Primary – closed to years one and four
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary Hindsford – open as usual Atherton
Chowbent Primary – only reception, years five and six are in all day and year one are in for the morning
Atherton St. George’s C.E. Primary – closed to all pupils
Atherton St. Philip’s C.E. Primary – check with the school
Hindsford C.E. Primary – open as usual
Meadowbank Primary School – nursery closed
New Green Hall Primary – closed to all pupils
Parklee Community School –closed to year one, five and six
St Michael's C.E. Primary Howe Bridge – closed to classes two, five and six
St. Richard’s Roman Catholic Primary – closed to years one and three
Hindley and Hindley Green
Castle Hill St Philip's Primary – open as usual
Hindley All Saints C.E. Primary – open as usual
Hindley Green Primary – closed to nursery, reception and one class each in years three and four
Hindley J & I – closed to reception, years two and five
Hindley Green St. John’s C.E. J & I – open only to year one
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary Hindley Green – open as usual
St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary Hindley – open as usual
St. Peter’s C.E. Primary – open as usual
Boothstown and Mosley Common
Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary Boothstown – closed to reception and years one, five and six
St Andrews CE Primary Boothstown – open as usual
Boothstwon Methodist Primary – check with the school
St. John’s C.E. Primary Mosley Common – open as usual