The month in the UK strikes: a calendar of December’s planned shutdown | Labor struggle

ONEMost daily strike action across sectors ranging from transport to the NHS is set to take place in the run-up to Christmas and beyond, amid a continuing deadlock between unions, employers and the government over pay and conditions.

The fire service also plans to vote on its members after rejecting a 5% pay rise. And with millions of workers facing a cost-of-living emergency, the GMB union – which represents some of the ambulance workers who this week voted to strike – warned that “the Government must listen” to their concerns.

PCS, which represents civil servants including Border Force officers, Passport Office staff and National Highways staff, has also backed strike action but is yet to confirm dates.

However, Downing Street on Thursday urged public sector unions to call off what they described as “unnecessary” industrial action.

Here we outline which services are expected to be affected when in December.

December 1st

Royal Mail workers, university lecturers and sixth-form college staff have staged strikes sparked by pay disputes in one of the biggest strikes in the current wave of industrial action.

In addition to the action this week, postal members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will carry out single days of action until Christmas Eve.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 150 universities have been on strike, following up a 48-hour strike last week with a 24-hour stoppage.

The action at colleges is being organized by the National Education Union (NEU), whose members include those working at 77 sixth forms in England, which they say have seen their pay cut by an estimated 20% in real terms since 2010.

Monday 5 December

More than 1,000 security workers who deliver cash and coins to some of Britain’s biggest banks and supermarkets are to take part in a 48-hour strike.

The action of 1,156 members of the GMB union who work for the security company G4S will start at 03:00.

The union has asked the company for a 15% pay rise on behalf of its members to take inflation into account.

Wednesday 7 December

Teachers from the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association and NASUWT unions will begin the first of two days of strike action in a dispute over pay.

Thursday 8 December

Metroline bus drivers, which cover routes in north and west London, could go on strike if they reject an improved pay offer from the company.

Three days of strike action planned this week involving more than 2,000 bus drivers from the Unite union were called off on November 30 after last-minute talks yielded the offer, which will be subject to a vote.

Teachers at Scottish secondary schools are holding their second day of strike.

Friday 9 December

Bus workers for Abellio, whose services are largely focused in south and west London, are to carry out their final strike after three days of action at the end of November.

Also on strike:

Unionize Metroline bus drivers, depending on whether an improved pay offer is accepted.

Postal workers members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

Saturday 10 December

Abellio Bus workers in south and west London will be on strike again.

Sunday 11 December

Postal workers members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

Monday 12 December

A strike by Unison members will take place in Northern Ireland across ambulance and other NHS services.

Tuesday 13 December

Thousands of members of the RMT union who work for Network Rail and 14 train operators are to stage the first day of strikes, causing disruption over six consecutive days before Christmas.

The strike includes key signaling staff, whose absence is likely to mean only a minority of services will run on main lines, while minor lines will have no trains.

Workers from another transport union, TSSA, will also take strike action in their ongoing national rail dispute over pay, job security and conditions. Their strike on this day will affect Avanti West Coast lines.

The first of a series of strikes by staff at the state’s Land Payments Office (RPA) will also take place.

Also in the civil service, workers including driving examiners and call center staff will start rolling regional withdrawals at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, from this date in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Wednesday 14 December

Another day of more strikes, including RMT members working for Network Rail and 14 train operators; TSSA members on Avanti West Coast lines; postal workers members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and employees of the Rural Payments Agency.

Thursday 15 December

The first in a series of redundancies of up to 100,000 nurses, which will affect across 53 NHS organizations in England, will take place.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has made it clear it will increase the scale of its industrial action unless Steve Barclay, the health secretary, takes part in detailed talks about their demand for a pay rise of inflation plus 5%.

Unite bus drivers on the Metroline may also take action, depending on whether an improved pay offer is accepted; there may also be postal workers members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

Friday 16 December

Security staff working for Eurostar, who are members of the RMT, will begin the first of four days of walkouts in the run-up to Christmas in a pay dispute, although this action is unlikely to stop trains.

Action is also expected from RMT members who work for Network Rail and 14 train operating companies; Unionize Metroline bus drivers, depending on whether an improved wage offer is accepted; Abellio Bus workers in south and west London; TSSA members on Avanti West Coast lines and staff at the Rural Payments Agency.

Saturday 17 December

Strike action will be taken by members of TSSA working for c2c, which serves more than two dozen stations between east London and south Essex; RMT members working for Network Rail and 14 train operating companies; Abellio Bus workers in south and west London; and TSSA members on Avanti West Coast lines will also take action.

Sunday 18 December

Members of the RMT will begin an overtime ban across the railways, which will last until January 2, meaning the RMT will be on strike for four weeks.

Members of the TSSA union will begin industrial action without a strike (ASOS), affecting Avanti West Coast lines.

ASOS, where members only carry out contractual tasks, will also take place at different times across different companies in the run-up to Christmas. Eurostar security staff will also be on strike.

Tuesday 20 December

Strike action by nurses from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Action by ambulance and other health personnel is also possible amid talks from the trade unions about a coordinated effort.

Thursday 22 December

Cleaners who are members of the RMT union will begin the first of several days of strike action at rail companies including Avanti, although services are unlikely to stop. Eurostar security personnel will also be out.

Friday the 23rd December

Eurostar security staff, cleaners for a number of rail companies and postal workers members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are all due to take action.

Saturday 24 December

Postal workers in the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are to strike.

Saturday 31 December

RMT members who work as cleaners for a number of rail companies are to take action.

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