Who is on strike today and how does it affect you?

Who is on strike today? Daily update for January 6th

Strikes over wages and working conditions have been sweeping the UK for weeks (Image: Metro.co.uk)

The wave of workers’ unrest in the UK is expected to continue and rail and civil servants are on strike today.

While it’s quieter today compared to earlier this week, people should expect travel disruptions as members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), the main railroad union, begin a 48-hour strike.

Around 40,000 Network Rail workers and 14 rail operators are on strike over wage increases to stay afloat amid the deepening cost-of-living crisis.

Services suspended include: Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Eastern, South Western Railway, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (including Gatwick Express).

Each train line has its own advice on what passengers should do. Mostly it says to travel if it is “absolutely” necessary and to check timetables in advance.

Services will be severely reduced as some are canceled and running trains are expected to be heavily utilized.

Members of the Aslef Union picket lines at New Street railway station in Birmingham, in a long-running dispute over jobs and pensions. Picture date: Thursday January 5, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY Strikes. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (Aslef) left yesterday (Image: PA)

This is something travelers have been expecting for the past few months as negotiations between unions and railway companies have been unsuccessful.

And this could go on for months, RMT chief Mick Lynch warned yesterday as he apologized for the “pulling” of the labor measures.

“We have a mandate that runs until May of this year and if we have to go further, we have to do that,” he said.

Lynch and other rail union leaders have accused the government of blocking rail operators from presenting a proposal on wages, safety and working conditions.

They say countless workers are unable to make ends meet as inflation continues to eat away at their bank accounts – and a decade of stagnant wage growth hasn’t helped.

Railway workers are not the only ones striking today.

Workers from National Highways, a state-owned company that patrols the country’s motorways, begin their two-day operation in the East Midlands and east of England.

Practical driving tests can also be canceled when staff from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in England, Scotland and Wales resign.


Schedule of strikes in the coming weeks

– 6th January

RMT rail workers will stage another 48-hour strike.

National Highway workers are holding a two day campaign across the East Midlands and East of England.

The DVSA strike continues in London, the South East, South Wales and the South West.

RPA workers continue strike.

– January 7th

The RMT rail workers’ strike continues.

National Highways workers will continue their strike in the East Midlands and East of England.

The DVSA strike continues in London, the South East, South Wales and the South West.

– January 8th

The DVSA strike continues in London, the South East, South Wales and the South West.

– January 9th

The DVSA strike continues in London, the South East, South Wales and the South West.

RPA workers continue strike.

– 10. January

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) union is set to stage a nationwide strike in primary, special and early childhood education schools.

The DVSA strike continues in London, the South East, South Wales and the South West.

RPA workers continue strike.

London bus workers at Abellio go on strike.

– 11th January

Unisono members who work for five ambulance services in England are set to stage a new strike.

The GMB union, which also represents the rescue workers, has now scheduled further strike actions for this date.

EIS will join forces with the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association to organize another national strike in secondary and special secondary schools.

RPA employees will continue their strike.

– January 12

Elizabeth Line workers in London will go on strike.

London bus workers at Abellio will also stage industrial action.

RPA employees will continue their strike.

– 13th January

RPA workers continue strike.

– January 16

EIS will stage a nationwide strike for 16 consecutive days through February 2, with members in two local authorities going on strike each day.

London bus workers at Abellio will go on strike.

– January 18

Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in England will go on strike.

– January 19

London bus workers at Abellio will go on strike.

RCN members in England will continue their strike.

– January 23

Unisono members who work for five ambulance services in England are set to stage another strike.

– January 25th

London bus workers at Abellio will go on strike.

– January 26th

London bus workers at Abellio will continue to strike.

These include driving examiners, call center operators, driving instructor exams and local driving examiners.

Novice drivers may not know to this day whether their exams will be held – the job promotion will not affect theory exams.

Motorists are advised to change their test dates if they fear cancellation – although they may have to pay again.

The DVSA automatically rebooks all canceled driving tests, with the new details being sent within five to ten working days.

The driving examiners will also be joined by officials from the Rural Payment Agency – handing out subsidy checks to farmers, traders and landowners.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents civil servants, said government workers are picketing for a number of reasons.

Secretary-General Mark Serwotka said: “The government, which has ignored our wage demands for years, will no longer be able to ignore us.

“Our members take pride in their work, so it’s not easy for them to take actions that they know will affect the very people they came into the job for.

“But the government gave them no other choice.

“Their salary has fallen well below inflation and many of our members – government employees – are forced to use food banks because they cannot afford the food.”

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Justin Scacco

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