Because the summer season of disruption makes means for a winter of discontent, the UK is bracing itself for the largest wave of business motion in a long time.

Politico described a “nice wave” of private and non-private sector strikes happening throughout the UK, which means that “employees in a wide range of industries are planning extra walk-outs within the upcoming weeks as a result of dramatic rise of inflation and rates of interest and pay not reflecting these financial modifications,” stated Metropolis Monitor.

Railways, postal companies, academics, hospital workers and civil servants are among the many many public companies grinding to a halt. So who’s hanging and when?


Whereas nationwide rail strikes by the RMT scheduled for the start of November have been known as off on the final minute, the union stated the dispute stays “very a lot stay” and it’s persevering with its re-ballot of members to safe a recent mandate for motion.

In response to the BBC, Community Rail is getting ready to make a revised provide to unions, but when there isn’t a breakthrough in talks and members vote in favour, strikes might proceed into spring 2023. All of it comes down as to whether unions and rail operators come to an settlement. 

Practice drivers at 12 practice working corporations are nonetheless planning to strike on 26 November, in keeping with Time Out, after the Aslef union stated it was nonetheless ready for a pay provide from the employers, regardless of ongoing talks.

The businesses affected by the strike are: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Nice Western Railway, Higher Anglia, London North Japanese Railway, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Categorical and West Midlands Trains.


London bus drivers have introduced a sequence of walk-outs within the run-up to Christmas. Bus employees will strike on 22, 25 and 26 November and on 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December.

In response to the Night Commonplace, members of Unite employed by Abellio in south and west London will stroll out in a dispute over pay, affecting drivers primarily based in Battersea, Beddington, Hayes, Southall, Twickenham and Walworth. 

Postal service

Following postal strikes in October that failed to enhance the two% pay enhance set out by Royal Mail, the Communication Employees Union (CWU) is about to undertake industrial motion once more on the next dates:

  • Wednesday 23 November – all community
  • Thursday 24 November – all processing, space distribution, collections, and worldwide
  • Friday 25 November – all deliveries
  • Monday 28 November – everybody
  • Wednesday 30 November – all community
  • Thursday 1 December – all processing, space distribution, collections, and worldwide
  • Friday 2 December – all deliveries

“Not all of those strikes will have an effect on deliveries, so you need to seek the advice of Royal Mail for particulars about particular strike dates,” stated Metropolis Monitor.


Lecturers in England and Wales are inching nearer to the primary nationwide dispute over pay since 2008, after the most important academics’ union for England and Wales, the NEU, stated 86% of its members who responded to an preliminary poll stated they have been keen to strike. They’ve rejected a 5% pay rise and have now launched a proper poll to strike.

In the meantime, tens of hundreds of Scottish academics are to take strike motion on 24 November after union leaders received an awesome mandate to accentuate a long-running wage dispute. “It’s the first nationwide stoppage by the union for nearly 40 years”, stated The Guardian, with unions in pursuit of a ten% enhance in pay.

Nurses and hospital workers

The Telegraph has revealed that nurses, paramedics and hospital workers are planning to co-ordinate strikes over the winter “to trigger most disruption to the NHS”.

The six largest well being unions – Unite, GMB, Unison, the Royal School of Nursing (RCN), the Royal School of Midwives and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – have held talks about launching a sequence of walkouts on the similar time, “elevating the prospect of already overstretched NHS hospitals being delivered to a standstill this Christmas” stated the paper.

Main the way in which is the RCN, which determined to organise a mass walkout for the primary time in 106 years this autumn. 

Representatives of all six main unions are set to attend a crunch assembly with the Well being Secretary Steve Barclay on Tuesday, with an announcement of strike dates anticipated within the following days if an settlement over pay is just not reached.

Civil servants

The Public and Business Providers union (PCS), representing civil servants together with those that work in Whitehall and people in frontline companies resembling Jobcentres, introduced final week that the edge for strike motion had been reached in 126 public sector workplaces, overlaying 100,000 employees.

The walk-out might have an effect on companies starting from passports to pensions, reported The Guardian. 

No date has but been introduced for strike motion.