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November 23, 2022

When is the next strike in the UK?

Industrial action has been the focus of the last few months. From postal to railway workers, November is going to see many strikes.

By Silvia Pellegrino

Strikes have been a consistent feature in the UK throughout 2022. Workers in a variety of industries are planning more walkouts in the upcoming weeks due to the dramatic rise of inflation and interest rates and pay not reflecting these economic changes.

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Are we set to see picket lines across the UK and EU all through the summer of 2022? (Photo by Gg Wink/iStock)

When are the next train strikes?

After the rail strikes at the beginning of November were called off “after securing intensive negotiations with rail bosses”, as the RMT rail union stated, further walkouts are now set to go ahead.

Following the walkouts by TfL and overground workers on 10 November, more strikes by the ASLEF union have been planned for 26 November 2022. The following companies will be affected:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Wast Midlands Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • Heathrow Express
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • Southeastern
  • TransPennine Express
  • Stansted Express
  • West Midlands Railway
  • CrossCountry
  • Elizabeth Line
  • LNER
  • London Overground
  • Northern Line

Further industrial action has also been announced by the RMT union leading up to Christmas and after, with strikes set to take place 13-14 and 16-17 December, and 3-4 and 6-7 January.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said via press release: “This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people.

“We have been reasonable, but it is impossible to find a negotiated settlement when the dead hand of government is presiding over these talks.”

Over 40,000 RMT members will participate in the action, along with an overtime ban from 18 December until 2 January.

[Read more: Will the national rail strike affect London’s Tube and Overground?]

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When is the postal workers’ strike?

Following postal strikes in October, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is set to undertake industrial action again on the following dates:

(Black Friday week)

  • Wednesday 23rd November – all network
  • Thursday 24th November – all processing, area distribution, collections, international, admin and mdec
  • Friday 25th November – all deliveries
  • Monday 28th November – everyone
  • Wednesday 30th November – all network
  • Thursday 1st December – all processing, area distribution, collections, international, admin and mdec
  • Friday 2nd December – all deliveries

Not all of these strikes will affect deliveries, so you should consult Royal Mail for details about specific strike dates.

The CWU has said that the strikes are taking place because Royal Mail has imposed a 2% pay increase without agreement “at a time when RPI inflation is currently running at 11.8 per cent and when Royal Mail has announced Group profits of £758 million”.

What are the next strikes?

Teachers

Pay and working conditions are, once again, the reasons behind strike action. Teaching unions are currently demanding a minimum of a 12% pay rise.

NEU members working mainly in sixth-form colleges walked out on 17 October and are planning a possible extra walkout on 5 and 20 November 2022.

The Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) decided to organise a mass walkout for the first time in 106 years. This occurred after the RCN demanded a 5% pay increase over the RPI inflation rate, which is now roughly 12%.


Since 2010, an experienced nurse’s compensation has dropped by 20%. Because no UK region has responded to the call for a salary increase, several of the country’s largest hospitals will join the strike.

“Anger has become action – our members are saying enough is enough,” said RCN general secretary and chief executive Pat Cullen.

The official dates have not been communicated yet, however, the Union reached enough votes to officially announce that there will be significant strike action happening. “This action will be as much for patients as it is for nurses,” Cullen stated.

What is causing the strikes?

The strike action that happened over the summer of 2022 and the upcoming planned walkouts have largely been in response to real-term pay cuts in the face of the cost-of-living crisis, and, in some cases, redundancies, pensions and working conditions.

According to the BBC, the main cause of this is inflation, which is currently at a 40-year-high of 10.1%, with the possibility to reach 13%.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) encourages employers to offer more, as well as establishing a £15 an hour minimum wage across the board.

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