Who is on strike today and how does it affect you? Daily update for January 13th

UPDATED strike action for JanuaryMetro Graphics

Industrial action continues as the cost of living crisis hits more workers (Image: Metro.co.uk)

January 13 marks a two-sector strike action.

Workers across the UK are leaving their jobs this month as energy bills soar and the cost of living crisis deepens.

DVLA and Rural Payments Agency staff are both protesting today.

The strike action is part of the union’s broader nationwide industrial action over wages, pensions, jobs and dismissal conditions.

DVLA employees are responsible for maintaining the vehicle files, handing out registration certificates and also issuing reimbursements.

Hundreds of union members at the DVLA Birmingham office and those working on medical applications at Swansea headquarters are on strike for five days this week.

Around 600 members are also involved in the job campaign, who assess the state of health of the drivers before they issue their driving licences.

More than 300 Rural Payment Agency (RPA) PCS members are also taking action today and will do so through Friday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: In this illustration a DVLA application form for a UK driving license for a car, motorcycle, moped or other vehicle on a table on 27,2022. May in London, England. (Photo Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

DVLA workers on strike today (Image: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

The agency issues checks to farmers, traders and landowners, and programs that support rural communities.

This won’t be the first – RPA employees left Jan. 3-6 over pay and poor job security.

Various sectors have yet to take industrial action before the end of the month, including ambulance drivers, nurses and bus drivers.

Teachers in Scotland are also going on strike.

Yesterday there was a newly announced strike action for physiotherapists who will protest on January 26th.

Over 4,200 union members – employed by 30 NHS trusts across England – are being invited to take part.

Claire Sullivan, CSP Director of Employer Relations and Union Services, said: “We know that strike action is an absolute last resort for CSP members, but NHS staff not only deserve better pay, they desperately need it at this livelihood crisis.

“This dispute will protect patient care now and in the future and it is important that the government come up with an improved offer to avert further strikes and to show that they understand the scale of the problem.”

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