Strike dates: Who is striking when and what pay do they want?

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Firefighters have joined teachers, rail workers, civil servants and others by voting to take industrial action.

Most of the workers going on strike want more pay, to keep up with rising prices.

Upcoming strike action

Teachers in Scotland

  • Teachers in Renfrewshire and Falkirk are on strike
  • Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) are taking action as part of an ongoing dispute over pay

Read more: Which schools will teachers' strikes affect?

Court staff on strike

  • Members of the PCS union working as legal advisers and court associates in more than 80 courts across England and Wales are taking industrial action
  • The union is taking the action due to a long-running dispute about a digital case management system known as Common Platform

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

Teachers in Scotland

  • Teachers in Aberdeenshire and Scottish Borders are on strike
  • Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) are taking action as part of an ongoing dispute over pay

Read more: Which schools will teachers' strikes affect?

Teachers in Scotland

  • Teachers in Highlands and West Lothian are on strike
  • Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) are taking action as part of an ongoing dispute over pay

Read more: Which schools will teachers' strikes affect?

Civil servants

  • About 100,000 civil servants in 124 government departments and other bodies are on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions
  • Employees at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are among those taking part

Teachers

  • In England and Wales, teachers who are members of the National Education Union (NEU) are on strike over pay
  • The NEU is the largest education union in the UK and the disruption to schools is expected to be widespread
  • In Scotland, teachers who are members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) in Clackmannanshire and Aberdeen are on strike as part of an ongoing dispute which is also over pay

Read more: Which schools will teachers' strikes affect in Scotland? | Where are teachers on strike in England and Wales?


Train drivers

  • Train drivers who are members of the Aslef union are on strike
  • Most train companies across England are affected
  • Disruption is also expected on some services between England and Scotland, and between England and Wales
  • Customers are encouraged to check their route before travelling

Read more: Train drivers to go on strike


University staff

  • Thousands of staff at 150 universities across the UK are taking industrial action
  • Academic staff and those in other professional roles including administrators, librarians and technicians are involved

Read more: Why are university staff striking?


Bus drivers on strike

  • Bus drivers employed by Abellio in London are taking industrial action
  • The routes affected are mostly in south and west London

Teachers in Scotland

  • Teachers in Dundee and Argyll and Bute are on strike
  • Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) are taking action as part of an ongoing dispute over pay

Read more: Which schools will teachers' strikes affect?


Bus drivers on strike

  • Bus drivers employed by Abellio in London are taking industrial action
  • The routes affected are mostly in south and west London

Train drivers

  • Train drivers who are members of the Aslef union are on strike
  • Most train companies across England are affected
  • Disruption is also expected on some services between England and Scotland, and between England and Wales
  • Customers are encouraged to check their route before travelling

Read more: Train drivers to go on strike


Teachers in Scotland

  • Teachers in South Lanarkshire and Western Isles are on strike
  • Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) are taking action as part of an ongoing dispute over pay

Read more: Which schools will teachers' strikes affect?


Bus drivers on strike

  • Bus drivers employed by Abellio in London are taking industrial action
  • The routes affected are mostly in south and west London

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

Nurses in England

  • Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are taking industrial action over pay
  • Life-preserving treatment must be provided, and all nurses in intensive and emergency care are expected to work

Read more: What do the strikes mean for patients?


Ambulance staff

  • Ambulance staff in the GMB union are on strike in seven of the 10 English services and the national Welsh service, while Unite staff strike in four English services and Wales
  • The strike affects non-life threatening calls only and people are advised to use the 999 service in an emergency

Read more: Why are ambulance staff striking?

Nurses in England on strike

  • Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are taking industrial action over pay
  • Life-preserving treatment must be provided, and all nurses in intensive and emergency care are expected to work

Read more: What do the strikes mean for patients?


Physiotherapists in Wales

  • NHS physiotherapy staff in all Welsh Health Boards are on strike
  • It is the first time physiotherapy staff in Wales have walked out over pay

Midwives in Wales

  • Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Wales are on strike from 0800 to 1600 GMT
  • Services for women in labour or needing emergency care are not affected, according to the RCM

Read more: Midwives and physiotherapists to hold walkouts

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

Physiotherapists take action

  • NHS physiotherapy staff across England are striking over pay and staffing
  • The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy says 4,200 members are involved

University staff

  • Thousands of staff at 150 universities across the UK are taking industrial action
  • Academic staff and those in other professional roles including administrators, librarians and technicians are involved

Read more: Why are university staff striking?

University staff

  • Thousands of staff at 150 universities across the UK are taking industrial action
  • Academic staff and those in other professional roles including administrators, librarians and technicians are involved

Read more: Why are university staff striking?

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

University staff

  • Thousands of staff at 150 universities across the UK are taking industrial action
  • Academic staff and those in other professional roles including administrators, librarians and technicians are involved

Read more: Why are university staff striking?


Teachers in Wales

  • Members of the National Education Union are on strike across the whole of Wales
  • Many schools will close altogether and classes in some others will not run

Read more: Wales school strikes: Will my school be affected?

University staff

  • Thousands of staff at 150 universities across the UK are taking industrial action
  • Academic staff and those in other professional roles including administrators, librarians and technicians are involved

Read more: Why are university staff striking?

Ambulance staff

  • Ambulance staff in the Unite union in Northern Ireland are on strike
  • The strike affects non-life threatening calls only and people are advised to use the 999 service in an emergency

Read more: Why are ambulance staff striking?


University staff

  • Thousands of staff at 150 universities across the UK are taking industrial action
  • Academic staff and those in other professional roles including administrators, librarians and technicians are involved

Read more: Why are university staff striking?

Ambulance staff

  • Ambulance staff in the Unite union in the West Midlands and in Northern Ireland are on strike
  • The strike affects non-life threatening calls only and people are advised to use the 999 service in an emergency

Read more: Why are ambulance staff striking?

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

There are currently no national strikes planned for this date

Who is allowed to strike?

Industrial action by workers in many different jobs has been organised by trade unions.

Certain rules - like giving enough notice - need to be met.

Firefighters

  • Firefighters across the UK have voted to strike, but no dates have been announced so far
  • If industrial action goes ahead, it would be the first UK-wide fire strike over pay since 2003
  • The Fire Brigades Union says it wants a "a credible offer" on pay, after members rejected a 5% offer
  • The government says a strike would be "disappointing and concerning"

Teachers

  • Teachers will strike in England and Wales on 1 February, 15 and 16 March. Some areas will also see strikes on other days
  • In Scotland, teachers are striking in two local authorities per day until 6 February
  • Most state-school teachers in England and Wales had a 5% pay rise in 2022. Unions say this is a pay cut because inflation is over 10%. In Scotland, teachers rejected a 5% increase
  • The government says it has already agreed to an extra £2bn in school funding

Rail workers

  • Train drivers represented by Aslef and the RMT will strike on 1 and 3 February
  • The unions are in dispute with the government and rail companies about pay, job cuts and changes to terms and conditions
  • Rail-industry bosses say changes need to be agreed to afford pay increases and modernise the railway

Civil servants

  • Around 100,000 civil servants will strike on 1 February
  • Union members in 124 government departments are among those taking part
  • Some civil servants - including Border Force staff - have already been on strike
  • The Public and Commercial Services union is calling for a 10% pay rise, better pensions, job security and no cuts to redundancy terms
  • The government said it was in "regular discussion with unions and staff"

University staff

  • Around 70,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) will strike at 150 universities across the UK for 18 days between February and March
  • The UCU wants a pay rise worth either 2% above RPI inflation, or 12%, whichever is higher, pension benefits restored and "excessive workloads" tackled
  • An increase in pay puts jobs at risk, the Universities and College Employers Association says

Ambulance workers

  • Ambulance workers are striking over several more days in February in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further strikes will be held in England and Wales during March. The days vary between ambulance services
  • Ambulance workers have not announced a pay claim, but want an above-inflation increase
  • The government says pay rises are decided by independent pay review bodies and higher ones are unaffordable

Nurses

  • The Royal College of Nursing is striking on 6 and 7 February in England
  • It wants a rise of 5% above inflation, but has indicated it may meet the government "halfway"
  • The government in England says this year's pay award - a 4.75% average increase - is in line with the recommendation from the NHS Pay Review Body. It says the pay demands are unaffordable
  • In Scotland, strikes have been put on hold to allow talks on a 2023 pay offer

Physiotherapists

  • NHS physiotherapy staff across England are holding a second strike 9 February
  • More than 4,000 staff are taking part
  • Physiotherapy staff will also strike in Wales on 7 February. Members in Scotland accepted an improved pay offer
  • The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy says it is seeking an above-inflation pay rise

Midwives

  • Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in Wales will walkout over pay from 0800 to 1600 GMT on 7 February
  • The RCM said the action will not affect services for women in labour or needing emergency care

Watch Make Sense of Strikes on iPlayer and find out more about why people are striking and whether industrial action works.

Postal workers

  • Postal workers held a series of strikes over Christmas
  • Royal Mail has offered a pay deal it says is worth up to 9% over 18 months - but the Communication Workers Union (CWU) wants more given the rate of inflation
  • The CWU also objects to proposed changes to working conditions, including compulsory Sunday working

Bus drivers

  • Abellio bus drivers named eight strike days in January, including 25 and 26 January
  • The Unite union is calling for a pay rise to reflect the cost of living

Who else is considering industrial action?

Junior doctors in England could stage a three-day walkout in March, a union has warned the government.

Have any disputes been resolved?

Some workers have settled disputes:

Does the public support strike action?

Public support for strike action varies widely between different industries, a poll carried out by YouGov for the Times at the start of January suggests.

For example, the poll found 68% of people supported the nurses' strike - with ambulance workers backed by a similar number. However, there was less support for the train strikes, with fewer than half (40%) backing industrial action.