Postal workers, university lecturers and teachers are demanding better wages across Britain amid the cost of living crisis.
Thousands of postal workers, university professors and teachers in the UK have gone on strike to demand better pay and working conditions amid the country’s economic crisis. cost of living crisis.
Pickets were set up outside post offices, universities and schools on Thursday in one of the largest coordinated walkouts this year.
Britons have faced travel disruptions and overflowing bins in recent months as unions representing multiple industries have launched back-to-back strikes.
Lawyers, nurses, postal workers and many more quit their jobs to demand pay rises that match soaring inflation.
Household energy bills and food prices have soared this year, pushing inflation to its highest level in 41 years. 11.1% in October.
In Scotland, most schools closed on Thursday as teachers there staged the first full-scale strike in decades.
In universities, around 70,000 academic staff went on strike on Thursday and they will leave on November 30 in the biggest action of its kind in higher education. This decision affects approximately 2.5 million students.
Meanwhile, Royal Mail workers went out on Thursday and will start again on Black Friday and Christmas Eve.
The latest walkouts come after the National Union of Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers announced on Tuesday that more than 40,000 railway workers would stage strikes in December and January, disrupting the movement of dozens of people during the busy holiday season.
The union said members would go out for four days starting December 13 and the first week of January.
Pubs, bars and other hospitality businesses have expressed dismay at the latest train strike announcement.
“The continued rail strikes have had a huge impact on our hospitality sector; preventing staff from getting to work and disrupting consumer plans, which means a huge drop in sales for venues across the sector,” said Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade body UK Hospitality.
“Further strikes during the busiest time of the year for hospitality will be devastating, just as everyone was anticipating an uninterrupted Christmas period for the first time in three years,” she added.