Strike action: who walks out and when | Unions

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University staff

Tens of thousands of members of the University and College Union – including lecturers, librarians and researchers – went on strike on Thursdayover wages, working conditions and pensions.

Security guards at University College London who are members of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain went out last week in a separate action.

Railway workers

RMT members working for Network Rail and train operators announced their intention to strike during the Christmas and New Year period. A separate strike by drivers who are members of Aslef is due to take place on Saturday.


Healthcare workers

Last week, the health secretary promised to meet six of the largest unions in an attempt to find a deal that would avert proposed NHS strike action.

Fellows of the Royal College of Lactating (RCN), one of the six, has already voted to strike in December after the government insisted on their demand for a Pay rise of 5% above inflation this year was ‘not affordable’.

Royal Mail

Strikes over pay must go on around Black Friday and in the run up to Christmas after members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) rejected Royal Mail’s offer.

London buses

Unite members working for Abellio in south and west London have walked out in the first of a series of actions in November and December.


In Scotland tens of thousands of teachers went on strike on Thursday, in the first nationwide school strike since the 1980s. The case is about a long-term wage dispute and is expected to continue with further waivers. And members of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association and NASUWT in Scotland too planning to go out in early December.

Elsewhere in the UK, the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Education Union vote teachers and headteachers in England and Wales, while members of the former in Northern Ireland also vote. And the Association of School and College Heads has also opened its first advisory vote, asking members whether they support a formal vote on strike action.

Civil servants

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents 150,000 civil servants, have voted to strike and plan to update members on next steps on Thursday evening.

The head of the union has threatened to take his members out on the same day as colleagues in other unions to show solidarity. Mark Serwotka suggested that road officers could intervene on the same day as rail workers and Border Force officials on the same day as airport staff to cause maximum disruption.


The Fire Service Union plans to start voting members to strike in December, with a result expected in January, after they rejected an offer that would have represented a real pay cut.

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