Unions will hit Britain hard by uniting to strike on February 1st

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RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch addresses a rally in London (Image: Delivered)

Britain’s biggest day of strikes in a generation will bring the country to a standstill on February 1 when railway workers, university lecturers, teachers and civil servants all picket lines.

Unions Aslef and RMT will wreak havoc on trains as teachers begin seven days of action and workers in 124 government departments disembark on the TUC’s ‘national right to strike day’.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak accused union bosses of “trying to bring Britain to a standstill” as his plan to impose minimum service levels on strike days cleared its first hurdle in the House of Commons.

“This strike action – some of which will fall on the same day or days – will cause significant disruption, whether it’s affecting children whose education is disrupted or the public trying to commute to work going about their daily lives,” his spokesman said.

“We don’t think it’s the right course of action. We continue to call on the unions to remove themselves from the picket line and continue the discussions.’

But when average wages were found to be rising but still lagging inflation, union leaders insisted they would not budge.

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak accused unions of trying to bring Britain to a standstill (Image: EPA)

“The working class is back now and we will fight for our rights,” RMT leader Mick Lynch told a rally outside Parliament on Monday night.

“If we are together, if we are united, if we build our movement for ourselves, we will be unstoppable in this country.”

Nurses and ambulance drivers are escalating their pay dispute with a 48-hour nationwide strike today and tomorrow

Will return to the picket line on Monday. Yesterday, Aslef confirmed a February 1-3 strike after rejecting an 8 percent pay rise over two years.

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Nurses, university lecturers, teachers and railway workers will strike at the same time (Image: Rex)

The industry association Rail Delivery Group accused Aslef of not giving the drivers a choice. “It is disappointing that our fair and affordable offer, which would bring average driver salaries from £60,000 to almost £65,000 by the end of 2023, has not been made to members,” it said.

But Aslef said negotiations have stalled since members voted to go on strike in June. “They want to tear up our working conditions in exchange for a real pay cut,” General Secretary Mick Whelan said. “It was clearly a rushed offer and not one to be accepted.”

The RMT announced its own strike on the same days, despite a promise from Transport Secretary Mark Harper to offer a better deal.

Waterloo train station

Despite assurances of a better deal, rail staff will return to the picket line (Image: PA)

The University and College Union said 70,000 staff at 150 universities will also strike on February 1 over salaries, pensions and conditions, with 17 more days of action in February and March.

It said “the clock is ticking” for university bosses to make a “serious offer” to staff and avoid disruption.

After the National Education Union rejected a 5 percent pay rise, ministers said they could not guarantee schools would remain open on strike days.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said: “The way to keep increasing wages is to stick with our plan to halve inflation. Permanently embedding high prices in our economy will only prolong the pain.’

Average wages rose 6.4 percent late last year but lagged inflation by 3.9 percent, while strikes in November — the worst month in a decade — cost 467,000 workdays, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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