Who is on strike today and how does it affect you? Daily update for January 5th

January 5, 2023 strike calendar Metro graphics

Today will be another big day of strikes (PictureL Metro.co.uk)

Train drivers, driving instructors and bus companies are on strike today on what is being called “Tragic Thursday”.

It is estimated that only 10% of services are running on one of the worst days of action in decades.

Around 12,500 train drivers from 15 companies will take part in the mass strike.

It is that in the last week we have seen strike action by 40,000 workers at Network Rail and 14 rail companies who have continued to strike.

RMT members went on strike for 48 hours causing travel chaos for people across the UK.

But today it’s Aslef’s turn – representing 96% of train drivers in England, Scotland and Wales – who in two days’ time will continue their second day of strikes.

Railway workers picket at Grand Central Station in Birmingham as members of drivers' union Aslef go on strike at 11 companies amid warnings of more strikes in a long-running wage dispute. Picture date: Saturday November 26, 2022. PA Photo. See PA Story INDUSTRY Rail. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

Railway workers on the picket line at Grand Central Station in Birmingham yesterday (Image: PA)

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The strike will disrupt services on affected lines and comes as more and more people across many different sectors of the economy stop working as employers refuse to help their employees during the cost of living crisis.

But it’s not the end as members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers will also be moving out tomorrow and Friday.

It involves train drivers at 15 rail operators and is likely to shut down much of the country’s rail network.

On all five days of the campaign, trains will start later and finish much earlier than usual, running between 7.30am and 6.30pm, National Rail has warned.

Tickets for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th January can instead be used the day before the date on the ticket or up to and including Tuesday 10th January.


Schedule of strikes in the coming weeks

– January 5th

Train workers from 15 operators with the Aslef union to stage a 24-hour strike.

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

RPA employees will continue their strike.

London bus workers at Abellio go on strike.

– 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 the strike.

Joining the train drivers today are London bus workers at Abellio who are on strike for a total of eight days this month.

Abellio buses were affected on strike days – other buses ran but were fuller than usual.

The action began as early as December 8, but bus strike dates around the New Year included today and yesterday. Dozens of buses in London will be affected by strikes.

Rural Payments Agency (RPA) workers will also resume their strikes.

Driving tests were also suspended today – the DVSA driving examiners’ strike began in London, the South East, South Wales and the South West.

“We don’t want to go on strike, but companies have pushed us here,” said Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary.

He added: “They haven’t offered a penny to our members at these companies – and these are people who haven’t had a raise since April 2019.

“That means they expect that with inflation above 14%, the drivers of these companies will take a real pay cut – work just as hard for significantly less.”

Mick said: “The rail companies say their hands are tied by the government. While the government – which doesn’t employ us – says it’s up to the companies to negotiate with us.

“We’re always happy to negotiate – we never refuse to sit down and talk – but these companies haven’t offered us anything. And that is unacceptable.”

Yesterday, TUC (Trades Union Congress) leader Paul Nowak called for a change in government direction and said ministers should open wage negotiations with unions.

In a letter to Rishi Sunak, Mr Nowak said public services were in crisis after years of “underfunding and understaffing”.

He wrote: “We cannot solve these problems without a fair deal for the people on the front lines.

“Each month, experienced workers are resigning, and one in three government workers is now taking steps to, or actively considering, leaving their job.

“It’s just unbearable.

“But we cannot fix the staffing crisis in our schools, hospitals and elsewhere unless we address the underlying causes.

“That means speaking openly and constructively about improving salaries in the public sector. But so far your ministers have refused to negotiate wages directly with the unions.”

A notice posted at Kings Cross station in London on January 2, 2023 informs the public of strike action at National Railways this week. - Strikes are planned for this week from Tuesday 3rd January and are being called by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT). The union says more than 40,000 members of Network Rail and 14 rail companies will go on strike. In addition, the train drivers' union, Aslef, has announced strike action for Thursday 5 January. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)

The mass strike action could wreak havoc on commuters (Picture: Getty)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 4: Driving examiners and supporters strike outside a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency office during a series of strikes on January 4, 2023 in London, England. Some Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union driver examiners are on strike for several days this month as part of a nationwide PCS union industrial action. Driving examiners who work for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are on strike on different days in different parts of the UK. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Driving examiners and supporters picket outside an office of the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency in a strike yesterday (Image: Getty)

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Mr Nowak said unions have been working closely with Mr Sunak during the pandemic to implement the furlough scheme and protect millions of jobs, adding: “It’s the kind of mature approach we need now.

“Unions have already expressed their willingness to sit down with the government and discuss wage increases.

“But while your ministers continue to flatly refuse to talk about improving wages, there can be no solution.

“Within the NHS, for example, the appropriate structures are already in place to allow collective bargaining to start immediately, involving healthcare unions, employers and ministers.

“This is exactly what happened in 2018, leading to the three-year collective agreement.

“We want to find a solution to the current disputes so that our public employees can continue with the work they love.

“And so our public services can improve for all who rely on them.”

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch warned Tuesday that industrial action would have to continue beyond May unless the union made a reasonable offer to resolve the dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions.

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