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Striking workers are “fighting for their lives for the NHS itself,” a union leader said after announcing more Christmas walkouts.

United general secretary Sharon Graham said: “These strikes are a stark warning – our members are taking a stand to save our NHS from this government.

“Patients’ lives are already at risk but this government is shirking its responsibility to solve the crisis it created.

Thousands of ambulance workers and other NHS workers will strike on December 21 in a dispute over pay, unions have said.

The GMB, Unison and Unite unions are coordinating industrial action across England and Wales after accusing the government of ignoring requests for decent pay rises.

Unison said its strike, which involves paramedics, emergency care assistants, ambulance technicians and 999 other crew members, will last from noon to midnight.

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Nurses, Trains and Royal Mail: Every strike was planned in the lead up to Christmas

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will go on strike on 15 and 20 December. Up to 100,000 workers are expected to take part in pre-Christmas walkouts.

Unison and GMB have announced that thousands of 999 call handlers, ambulance technicians, paramedics and their colleagues working for ambulance services in the North East, North West, London, Yorkshire and South West will go on strike on 21 December.

Elsewhere, services across the country will be disrupted on various dates throughout December as members of the RMT take strike action.

The RMT has revealed that more than 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will stage a series of 48-hour walk-outs on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December and 3, 4, 6 and 7 January 2023, affecting Christmas and new year

Eleanor Noyce7 December 2022 05:00


DWP workers will take strike action for two weeks over Christmas

Workers at the Department for Work and Pensions will go on strike for two weeks over Christmas.

More than 200 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union working at three DWP offices in Liverpool and one in Doncaster will walk out from 19 to 31 December.

The union said other targeted moves at the DWP could follow as part of the union’s national campaign to demand a 10% pay rise, job security and no cuts to redundant conditions.

Eleanor Noyce7 December 2022 04:00


UK strike timeline: How December’s industrial action will affect you

Britain has had a tough time in 2022, facing a dire crisis of living defined only by runaway inflation stemming from two years under the grip of the coronavirus and rocketing energy bills as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Now, as Christmas approaches, we find ourselves in a new “winter of discontent” with the country’s unions, which represent workers in a wide range of public-facing occupations, concluding that they have no choice but to take industrial action as a call for improvement. Wages and working conditions are not the answer when rising prices erode incomes.

Eleanor Noyce7 December 2022 03:00


Nurses strike: Full list of NHS hospitals where 100,000 staff vote for industrial action

One hundred thousand nursing staff are to go on strike next month, the Royal College of Nursing has confirmed.

The RCN released the list of trusts affected by the historic move, with 44 of the 219 NHS trusts in England voting for a walkout.

In Wales, staff at six of the seven health boards and six trusts in Northern Ireland will also face strike action.

The RCN will not confirm how many workers at each trust have voted to strike, but workers have until the day of the strike to decide whether they will not work and join industrial action.

Nursing staff working outside hospitals, such as those on a commissioning body called the Integrated Care Board, also voted in favor of the move.

The union will hold its first strike day on Thursday, December 15 and a second on Tuesday, December 20.

Eleanor Noyce7 December 2022 02:00


Nurses, Trains and Royal Mail: Every strike was planned in the lead up to Christmas

As inflation has risen steadily throughout the year, workers have seen rising prices erode their earnings – just as employers try to modernize savings or work practices to cope with rising costs.

The result? Conflict over pay, redundancy, pension and conditions.

A new “winter of discontent” had begun even before Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement on 17 November, which left householders everywhere feeling worse.

These are the professions and industries for which strike dates have already been announced:

Eleanor Noyce7 December 2022 01:00


“Our duty as firefighters is to save lives – that’s why we’re voting to strike,” wrote Matt Rack

Firefighters and control workers are balloting for a strike For this reason.

Strike action is always a last resort, but we have no other option. Many firefighters and emergency fire control personnel are struggling to pay their bills. Some have to go to food banks to feed their families. This is a completely disgraceful situation. We can’t go on like this.

Fire brigade union members have worked through the pandemic, continuing to attend their workplaces. Doing so means taking additional personal risks to try to help others. Firefighters also took on additional responsibilities to try and assist the Covid response. This included delivering food to the vulnerable and evacuating the dead. The Prime Minister and others applauded them as chief workers.

Eleanor Noyce6 December 2022 23:58


Royal Mail strike: every date in December 2022

Royal Mail workers will strike this month and next in a growing row over pay, jobs and conditions.

The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) formally notified Royal Mail of the November strike last month and confirmed six new strike dates in December on November 17.

The Postal Service apologized to customers, saying that while it had “well-developed contingency plans” it was unable to “fully replace the daily efforts of our frontline workers”.

“We will do everything we can to keep services up and running, but we’re sorry you may experience some disruption as a result of this planned strike action,” the company said on its website.

Here’s what you need to know about the Royal Mail workers’ strike.

Eleanor Noyce6 December 2022 22:46


You may have a sexist reason not to support the nurses’ strike, writes Mandu Reed

When we think of industrial activity in the UK, coal miners, transport workers and the posties industry come to mind which are overwhelmingly male dominated. Women are not expected to strike. It’s just not ladylike.

Industries dominated by women are still largely about caring for others. From social care and childcare, to education and even hospitality (the literal definition of which means “generous and friendly treatment of guests”, including, perhaps, those who bump into you).

Eleanor Noyce6 December 2022 22:02


Scottish teachers and London bus workers are preparing to strike on December 7

Members of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association and NASUWT will strike in 17 local authority areas on 7 December.

London Bus workers in Abellio will also begin a two-day walkout.

On December 8, teachers’ strike in Scotland will continue in the remaining 15 local authorities.

Eleanor Noyce6 December 2022 21:30


Train strike: December and January 2023 each

Rail commuters faced serious travel disruption over Christmas and New Year as workers staged 48-hour strikes in December and January in a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

The RMT union has revealed that more than 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will stage a series of 48-hour walk-outs.

Art activities will be held on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December and 3, 4, 6 and 7 January.

On Monday it announced further strike dates for the main Christmas period, with members walking out from 6pm on December 24 to 7am on December 27. However, most trains do not run on December 25 and 26, but those aiming to travel by rail to see loved ones around Christmas will be affected.

Eleanor Noyce6 December 2022 20:02



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