Tens of thousands of members of the University and College Union – including lecturers, librarians and researchers – went on strike on ThursdayHigher wages, working conditions and pensions.
security guard at University College London, a member of the Union of Free Workers of Great Britain went out last week in a separate action.
RMT members working for Network Rail and train operating companies announced their intention to strike over the Christmas and New Years period. A separate strike by ASLEF member drivers is to be held on Saturday.
Last week, the health secretary Promised to meet six largest trade unions In an effort to find a deal that would avert proposed strike action in the NHS.
Member of the Royal College of nursing (RCN), one of six, has already voted to strike in December after the government insisted their demand for a more than 5% inflation wage increase this year was “not affordable”.
fighting over salary want to move on Around Black Friday and before Christmas members of the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) rejected the Royal Mail’s offer.
Unite members working for Abellio in south and west London have walked out in the first of a series of actions in November and December.
In Scotland, tens of thousands of teachers went on strike on Thursday, in the first nationwide schools strike since the 1980s. The action is on a long-running pay dispute and the walkout is expected to continue further. and also a member of the Scottish Union of Secondary Teachers and NASUWT in Scotland plan to move out in early december,
Elsewhere in the UK, the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Education Union are polling teachers and headteachers in England and Wales, while former members in Northern Ireland are also voting. And the Association of School and College Leaders has also opened its first consultative ballot, asking members whether they support a formal ballot on strike action.
Members of the PCS union, which represents 150,000 civil servants, have voted for strike action and plan to update members on next steps on Thursday evening.
In a show of solidarity, the head of the union has threatened to expel its members on the same day their colleagues in other unions were working. Mark Serwotka suggested that road officers could take action on the same day as rail staff, and Border Force officers on the same day as airport staff, to cause maximum disruption.
The fire brigade union plans to start polling members for strike action in December, with the result expected in January, after they turned down an offer that represented a real-terms pay cut .