A STRIKE by public sector workers and teachers is likely to close many schools and council offices across Runcorn and Widnes on Thursday, July 10.

It is not yet known exactly which schools, buildings and services will be affected.

Local government members of Unison, Unite, the GMB and Public and Commercial Services Union are joining forces with the National Union of Teachers and Fire Brigades Union to mount a 24-hour walk out.

They are protesting over pay.

A Halton Council spokesman said today: “Due to antipicated industrial action by council employees, there is likely to be disruption to council services with many buildings closed to the public on Thursday, July 10.

“In the case of genuine emergencies only please call 0151 907 8363.

“Halton Council asks for your patience if calling this number as lines may be busy, however officers would like to reassure the public, that your call will be answered.”

Residents are advised that if they are due a general waste, green waste or recycling collection on Thursday 10 July 2014 and it does not take place on that day due to strike action they should leave their bins at the normal collection point from 7am each subsequent day thereafter, not including Saturday or Sunday.

The council will make arrangements for bins. to be collected as soon as possible.

The council's two household waste recycling centres at Johnsons Lane, Widnes and Picow Farm Road, Runcorn, which are operated by Veolia Environmental Services, will be open as normal on Thursday, July 10.