UK braces for biggest strike day in 10 years

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UK braces for biggest strike day in 10 years

 

Up to half a million people could walk out.

Teachers, railway workers, civil servants, university lecturers… The United Kingdom is preparing for another day of massive strikes on Wednesday, the largest in a decade, in a country in the grip of an economic crisis fueled by the x27;inflation.

Up to half a million people could walk off the job on Wednesday, on the eve of the date marking the first 100 turbulent days of Rishi Sunak’s Conservative government. The TUC trade union federation has warned that it will be the biggest strike day in 12 years.

The disruptions will be strong both in transport and schools, but will affect the whole economy, by domino effect for Britons, even non-strikers, forced to stay at home to look after their children or by impossibility of going to their place of work.

At Farrington station in central London, many people have decided to work from home, or even take a day off on Wednesday, to avoid d& #x27;facing a difficult journey.

Katie Webb, 23, who works for a charity, will be telecommuting after rearranging her schedule and moving an appointment.

I support the strikes, rail workers deserve better pay and the right to get another job while on workers comp.

Sebastian Webb, a 48-year-old project manager, has seen his personal life suffer in recent months due to countless train cancellations, with the strike adding to chronic problems on the railways British railways.

I have canceled an appointment tomorrow Wednesday, I will be staying towards Cambridge where I live. He explains that many of his customers are in London or Peterborough where trains are constantly cancelled. One evening in August, I arrived home around midnight.

Travelers passing through UK airports are also at risk of seeing their travel disrupted by a strike of immigration service employees.

I really would love nothing more […] than to have a magic wand and pay you all more, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak assured Monday during a visit to workers in the health sector, who plan to continue their actions in the coming days.

 

Ambulance workers on strike in London

But according to him, wage increases would fuel inflation and deteriorate public finances, already deteriorated since the pandemic and the energy crisis.

Across the Channel on Tuesday, strikes and demonstrations again took place in France, mainly against the disputed pension reform.

In the UK, some 23,000 schools are expected to experience disruption on Wednesday in the first of seven days of walkouts planned by the NEU teachers’ union.

To maximize the impact of their movement, the teachers’ representatives felt that it was entirely appropriate for teachers or teachers not to reveal their intentions in advance to facility leaders.

The government refuses to discuss the causes of the strike, denounced the secretaries of the NEU, Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, in a press release.

According to them, the lack of salary increases leads to problems in recruiting and retaining staff, which disrupts the education of children every day.

Strikers across sectors are prioritizing wages in line with inflation, which is hitting 10.5% in the UK and eating into disposable incomes, pushing millions of Britons in poverty.

And according to the latest IMF forecasts, the country will be the only major economy to suffer a recession this year, with a contraction of 0.6% of its GDP.

 

Strike in the railway sector in early January

The standoff also relates to working conditions, pensions or the government’s desire to limit the right to strike.

The movement has been going on since the spring. In November alone, the National Statistics Office (ONS) counted 467,000 working days lost due to labor disputes, a record since 2011, when nearly a million days of strikes accumulated had been counted.

Since June 2022, 1.6 million working days have been lost, continues the statistical institute.

The rail union TSSA, however, gave hope of a breakthrough, indicating in a press release on Tuesday that it had received two more substantial formal offers than the previous ones, which are now under consideration by its executive committee.

Meanwhile, a new rail walkout is expected as early as Friday, while firefighters voted in favor of a first strike in 20 years.