Who is on strike today? Update from 18.12

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After a busy week of overlapping industrial action – only two sectors are on strike today (Image: Metro.co.uk)

Nurses, health workers, bus drivers and rail workers have all gone on strike over the past week.

Today – Sunday – however, there are only two industries conducting walkouts in protest at working conditions.

Driving examiners and Border Force staff are back on the job today after several consecutive days of action.

Some driving tests could be affected – with people being urged to check the government’s website for more information.

The strike action is part of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union’s nationwide industrial action over wages, pensions, jobs and sacking conditions.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 Border Force workers affiliated with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are taking part in strike action for eight days of the festive period.

Six airports across the country are affected.

During further strikes between December 23 and New Year’s Eve, members of the army and government employees are drafted to check passports in the arrivals halls.

The Border Forces' strike

Border Force strikes have been labeled a “risk to national security” (Image: Getty Images)

The decision has sparked outrage from members of another union – the Union for Borders, Immigration and Customs (ISU) – which is not taking part in this month’s industrial action.

Lucy Moreton, career officer at the ISU, said: “We have historically been in existence for 40 years and have only struck three times in that time.

“In general, our members are not very militant, but they are also heavily involved in national security.

“We all know from past experience the damage that strikes do to national security. In this case, 3,000 military personnel were trained to keep the borders open, but the training they received is less than half of what we would give to our temporary emergency responders.

“They can never replace a fully trained border guard.”

While today may seem calm compared to last week’s wave of strikes, many more protests lie ahead.

Ambulance workers, road workers and rail workers will all be on strike over the next week.

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Justin Scacco

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