As inflation has risen steadily throughout the year, workers have seen rising prices eat into their earnings – just as employers have sought to make savings or modernize work practices to cope with rising costs.
The result: disputes over pay, layoffs, pensions and working conditions.
Even before Jeremy Hunt’s November 17 fall statement, a new “winter of discontent” had begun, leaving households everywhere feeling even worse.
And as the cost-of-living crisis deepens, disputes will inevitably intensify.
Strike dates have already been announced for these professions and sectors:
Industrial action is expected to begin before the end of this year after the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced in November that nurses from most NHS employers in the UK had voted to strike over pay and patient safety.
The union is calling for a pay rise of 5 percent above inflation and says that despite a pay rise earlier this year, experienced nurses are 20 percent worse off as consecutive awards have been given below inflation since 2010.
She has called for detailed negotiations in the coming weeks or announced strike dates for December.
The RCN’s mandate to organize strikes runs until early May next year.
Services across the country will be shut down on Saturday November 26 as members of the Aslef drivers’ union at 11 train operators are set to resign from a long-running dispute over pay.
Members of the RMT union have already taken part in eight-day strikes since June that have paralyzed much of the rail network.
And passengers could face another six months of strikes over disputes between drivers and other workers.
Bosses looking to cut 1,900 jobs say the railway has not recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, is currently losing millions a day and is in dire need of modernization.
Some services will be severely disrupted and others will not run at all.
The strike will affect these train operators: Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; cross country; East Midlands Railway; Great Western Railway; Greater Anglia; London North East Railway; Northern Trains; southeast; Transpennine Express and West Midlands Trains.
Some disruption is expected on Sunday 27th November as workers return to work.
Meanwhile, Avanti West Coast urged its customers to find out about further strike actions by RMT members working as train managers this Sunday as well as November 26 before traveling.
A significantly reduced timetable will apply and services will likely be suspended in the days before and after.
Avanti RMT union members are also scheduled to go on strike on December 11-12.
The RMT has since announced that on 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th December and on 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th January 2023 more than 40,000 Network Rail and 14 rail company workers attended another series of 48-hour strikes will be held, affecting Christmas and New Year.