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


Around 60,000 junior doctors are set to go on strike today (Image: Metro.co.uk)

This week is expected to be one of the biggest strike weeks in years, with workers from all sectors picketing.

Today, young doctors will begin their three-day strike action, while they will be joined by airport staff, Ofsted and Amazon workers.

Later this week, teachers, bus, train and subway workers will also begin the campaign.

Meanwhile, thousands of teachers will walk out of schools on Wednesday in a bitter dispute over pay – affecting around seven million students.

CARDIFF - DECEMBER 21: A view of a picket line of Welsh Ambulance workers who are on strike on December 21, 2022 in Cardiff, UK. Ambulance workers across Wales and England are on strike today over pay and working conditions. This is as the service struggles with staff shortages, staff retention and the highest sick leave rates of any NHS organisation. The target time of 60 minutes for transfer from ambulance to emergency department, set by NHS England in March 2022, has not been met and patients are increasingly being held in ambulances awaiting treatment. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)

Ambulance workers in the UK have been on strike for months over pay, staff shortages, burnout and longstanding problems with services worsened by government cuts (Image: Getty Images Europe)

London Underground services are paralyzed on Wednesday over pensions and working conditions following a strike by members of Aslef and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union.

Finn Brennan, Aslef’s full-time underground organizer, said: “This is not a strike for pay or more time off. It’s about making sure that change and “modernization” come about consensually.

“The central government has used the impact of the pandemic to insist that Transport for London target staff pensions and working conditions.

“They have no problem bailing out the banks or handing out billions of pounds in dodgy contracts to their cronies, but they refuse to adequately fund vital services like public transport in this country.

“The Government wants London Underground workers to fill the hole they left in TfL’s budget by accepting huge cuts to their pension benefits and changes to working conditions that are destroying our work-life balance and their income in the world cut retirement.

“Aslef members are just not ready to accept that. That’s why we’re on strike this week.

GMB union members on the picket line outside the Amazon fulfillment center in Coventry as Amazon workers go on strike over a wage dispute. Picture date: Tuesday February 28, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY Strike. Photo credit should read: Phil Barnett/PA Wire

Amazon workers set to go on strike throughout the week (Image: PA)

“We are always ready to discuss and negotiate, but we have to accept TfL that any change is not imposed but must be consensual.”

Rail services are disrupted at a number of train operators due to RMT strikes on Thursday and Saturday, which will lead to widespread cancellations.

Members of the GMB union who work for Amazon in Coventry are set to strike throughout the week in a wage dispute.

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said: “Rishi Sunak has learned nothing from his failed approach to strikes across the NHS, which have already resulted in 140,000 canceled surgeries and appointments.

“He’s repeating the same mistakes again by refusing to negotiate with junior doctors, the very doctors who are the future of the NHS.

“Patients will not forgive Rishi Sunak for not even trying to stop these strikes when they could be disastrous for patient safety.”

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