April 4, 2012 by Laurie Stocks-Moore, Ellesmere Port Pioneer
STRIKE action is to shut Ellesmere Port Market throughout the Easter weekend.
Cleaners and duty supervisors who are members of the unions UNITE, UNISON and GMB are striking over changes to holiday and overtime pay.
The staff, employed by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC), will strike on Friday, Saturday and Monday – the market was already due to be shut on Easter Sunday.
All 157 stalls will have to close and Easter-themed events planned at the market have been called off. Neston Market will also be closed on Friday only as a result of strike action there.
The move has infuriated traders, who say they were given very little notice of the strike.
Brian Hannaway, chairman of the traders, said: “Some of the traders are so far behind in rent and electricity payments. The council haven’t settled the last claim for industrial action yet. This could tip a few over the edge.
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