As a result of the impasse between the government, employers, and unions, workers from a variety of sectors and industries in the United Kingdom have announced strikes for the months of December and January. These workers are calling for better pay and working conditions as the nation experiences the highest inflation in four decades and a cost-of-living crisis.
Ahead of Christmas, the UK is experiencing major and widespread industrial unrest as unions from a variety of public sectors and industries, such as those representing firefighters, teachers, railway workers, nurses, Royal mail employees, and others, have announced strikes and walkouts.
In December, the personnel of the government-run National Health Service (NHS) is expected to engage in a number of historically significant industrial actions. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has declared that on December 15 and December 20, over 4,000 of its members would stage a walkout in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
In addition to the Retail Price Index (RPI), a gauge of inflation, which is at 14%, the RCN has asked for a pay increase of 5%. Furthermore, if formal negotiations with the government are not held, the union has also issued a warning regarding the effect on a number of firms in January. They also want to organize strikes up to early May of the following year.
These strikes will have an impact on UK transportation services as hundreds of railroad employees, bus drivers, road workers, and airport ground handlers plan to go on strike. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) announced that on December 13, 14, 16, and 17 there will be industrial action on Avanti West Coast to demand improved pay, job security, and working conditions.
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