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The Independent

Trains, put up and even coffin-making: Each strike more likely to have an effect on UK by finish of 2022

As inflation has climbed steadily all through yr, staff have seen rising costs eroding their earnings – simply as employers have been attempting to make financial savings or modernise working practices to deal with growing prices.

End result: clashes over pay, redundancies, pensions and phrases and situations.

A brand new “winter of discontent” had begun even earlier than Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement on 17 November, which left homeowners in every single place feeling even worse off.

And with the cost of living crisis set to deepen, the disputes will inevitably develop fiercer.

These are the professions and industries for which strike dates have already been introduced:


Industrial action is predicted to start earlier than the top of this yr after the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) introduced in November that nursing workers at most NHS employers within the UK had voted to strike over pay and affected person security.

The union is looking for a pay rise of 5 per cent above inflation, saying that regardless of a pay rise earlier this yr, skilled nurses had been worse off by 20 per cent due to successive below-inflation awards since 2010.

It has referred to as for detailed negotiations within the coming weeks or it can announce strike dates for December.

The RCN mentioned that the majority nursing workers had voted to strike over pay and affected person security


The RCN’s mandate to organise strikes runs till early Might subsequent yr.


Providers throughout the nation shall be crippled on Saturday 26 November, as members of the drivers’ union Aslef at 11 practice operators will stroll out in a long-running dispute over pay.

Members of the RMT union have already taken half in eight days of strike motion since June, which introduced a lot of the rail community to a standstill.

And passengers may face one other six months of strikes due to disputes involving drivers and different staff.

Bosses who wish to minimize 1,900 jobs say the railway has not recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, is presently dropping hundreds of thousands a day and is in determined want of modernisation.

Some companies shall be severely disrupted and others won’t run in any respect.

A picket line outdoors Euston station in London

(Rebecca Speare-Cole/PA)

The strike will hit these practice operators: Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; East Midlands Railway; Nice Western Railway; Higher Anglia; London North Jap Railway; Northern Trains; Southeastern; Transpennine Specific, and West Midlands Trains.

Some disruption is predicted on the Sunday 27 November as staff return to their duties.

In the meantime, Avanti West Coast strongly suggested prospects to verify earlier than they journey forward of additional strike motion by RMT members working as practice managers this Sunday in addition to on 26 November.

A considerably lowered timetable shall be in operation and companies are more likely to be disrupted the times earlier than and after.

Avanti RMT union members are additionally attributable to strike on 11 and 12 December.

The RMT has since revealed that greater than 40,000 staff throughout Network Rail and 14 practice working corporations will stage a further series of 48-hour walk-outs on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December and on 3, 4, 6 and seven January 2023, impacting Christmas and the New 12 months.

The RMT has additionally issued an extra time ban for its members throughout the railway community from 18 December to 2 January.

Mail deliveries

Christmas postal deliveries shall be hit if, as deliberate, Royal Mail staff stage six contemporary strikes subsequent month, together with on Christmas Eve, in a dispute over pay, jobs and situations.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) mentioned its members would stroll out on 9, 11, 14, 15, 23 and 24 December.

That is along with strikes already introduced for Thursday and Friday – 24 and 25 November, in addition to Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December.

The Communication Staff Union mentioned its members would strike all through December


Royal Mail bosses, who have been consulting on plans to chop round 10,000 full-time jobs by August, have provided 9 per cent pay rises.

Put up workplaces

CWU Put up Workplace members have thus far staged six strikes. Round 1,500 took motion in August and related numbers are more likely to stroll out once more subsequent time in a dispute that’s separate from the Royal Mail one.

Employees who ship money and provides to sub-post workplaces, course of funds and work in administration have backed industrial motion for extra pay.

The CWU has not introduced a date for contemporary strikes, saying solely that they’re attributable to go forward subsequent yr.

The union mentioned the motion was in protest at a 3 per cent pay provide for the 2022/23 monetary yr, alongside a one-off cost of £500.

Civil servants

Civil servants within the House Workplace, Border Drive, Division for Transport and Division for Atmosphere, Meals and Rural Affairs are due to take industrial action, affecting companies starting from passport management at ports and airports to driving assessments and the issuing of driving licences.

The Public and Industrial Providers union (PCS) mentioned motion will begin in mid-December and proceed for a month in a row over pay, jobs and pensions.

Some staff will take motion for your entire month, whereas others will stroll out for shorter intervals.

The military will begin coaching troopers to exchange Border Drive officers who stroll out, it has been reported.

Extra industrial motion shall be introduced subsequent month.

They’re asking for a ten per cent pay rise and ensures on job safety and redundancy phrases.


Strikes by bus drivers in Sunderland are set to proceed after drivers turned down a below-inflation pay deal.

The GMB union mentioned two-thirds of its members working for Stagecoach within the metropolis rejected a suggestion beneath the ten per cent being demanded.

Virtually 200 drivers have taken a number of days of strike motion already.

Air journey

Floor workers employed by a personal contractor at Heathrow Airport started a 72-hour strike on Friday 18 November.

Round 350 members of Unite working for Menzies walked out, disrupting a lot of flights.


Offshore staff went on strike for 2 days in mid-November in a dispute over pay.

Unite Scotland mentioned its members on the Repsol belongings joined an extra time ban and 48-hour stoppage on Wednesday 16 November and Thursday 17 November.

An additional 48-hour stoppage is deliberate for Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December.


Firefighters are attributable to vote on strikes after rejecting a 5 per cent pay provide that union members say is a real-terms pay minimize.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) shall be balloted within the coming weeks on whether or not to stage industrial motion.

In the event that they vote in favour, it threatens the primary nationwide strike over pay since 2003.

Voting will run from 5 December to 23 January.


Staff on the Co-op’s solely British coffin manufacturing unit are staging two weeks of strike motion.

Round 50 workers walked out of the manufacturing unit in Glasgow, after Unite members voted in August to strike.

Staff rejected a suggestion they described as a real-terms pay minimize.

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