The UK is bracing itself for another wave of strikes throughout February - with NHS staff, rail workers and teachers taking action.
This winter has seen the biggest wave of industrial action in the country for a generation, as public sector workers have gone on strike due to disputes over pay, working conditions, and employment terms. Strikes have taken place across many different sectors, including the NHS, postal services, railways and transport.
The first day of February saw one of the biggest strike days in more than a decade, as teachers, univeristy staff, rail workers, and civil service staff all walked out.
Today (7 February), NHS nurses at 73 Trusts in England are walking out for the second day in a row, as yesterday (6 February) saw the biggest NHS strike in NHS history.
Here’s a rundown of exactly who’s striking when in the next couple weeks, and why certain unions are walking out.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) walked out in December and January in a dispute over pay and patient safety, and will strike again on two further days in February.
The action will take place in England on 6 and 7 February with Nurses at 73 NHS trusts set to strike
You can find a list of all the trusts striking here.
The RCN said: “Patient safety is always paramount. Unlike workers in many other sectors during a strike, some nursing staff continue their work. This is carefully negotiated with employers beforehand to make sure patients are safe.
Midwives (strike suspended)
Midwives who are members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) across Wales have paused their strike action today (7 February) following a new pay offer from the Welsh Government. The union will also be suspending action short of a strike planned for 7-14 February.
The original offer from the Welsh Government was to give midwives and MSWs the 4% pay increase recommended by the NHS Pay review Body. The latest offer will give NHS midwives and MSWs a consolidated 1.5% on top, plus a non-consolidated 1.5%.
Thousands of Environment Agency workers who are members of unions Prospect and Unison will go on strike on 8 February 2023 in an escalating, ongoing dispute over pay concerns.
Staff working in areas such as river inspection, flood forecasting, coastal risk management and pollution control will stage a 12-hour strike, starting at 7am.
Employees will also escalate their ongoing work to rule action by withdrawing from incident response rotas, and this strike will start at 7pm on Tuesday. It will begin immediately at the end of the strike for another 12 hours, ending at 7am on Thursday 9 February.
However, where there’s a threat to life or property from an incident such as a major flood, officers will step in as emergency “life and limb cover” has been agreed with the agency’s managers.
Physiotherapists from the Charted Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) are to strike on 9 February 2023.
Over 4,000 Physiotherapists employed by 30 NHS Trusts across England will strike over a pay dispute. All eight health boards in Wales have also secured a strike mandate.
Claire Sullivan, CSP director of employer relations and union services said: “We know taking strike action is an absolute last resort for CSP members, but NHS staff not only deserve better pay but also desperately need it during this cost of living crisis.
“This dispute will protect patient services both now and into the future, and it’s essential that the government comes up with an improved offer to avert further strikes and demonstrate they understand the scale of the problem.”
Department of Work and Pensions staff who are PCS members will strike in six offices in a dispute over pay, pensions, job security and redundancy terms.
Members at Toxteth Jobcentre, Liverpool Duke Street Jobcentre, Liverpool City Jobcentre, Liverpool Innovation Park Jobcentre will strike on 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28 February and 1, 2 and 3 March.
Stockport Contact Centre and Bolton Benefit Centre members will walk out on 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 February.
Staff from the University College Union are set to walk out on as 70,000 staff at 150 universities will strike over pay, pensions and working conditions.
The full list of strike dates:
- Week two: Thursday 9 February and Friday 10 February
- Week three: Tuesday 14 February, Wednesday 15 February and Thursday 16 February
- Week four: Tuesday 21 February, Wednesday 22 February and Thursday 23 February
- Week five: Monday 27 February, Tuesday 28 February, Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 2 March
- Week six: Thursday 16 March and Friday 17 March
- Week seven: Monday 20 March, Tuesday 21 March and Wednesday 22 March
Thousands of ambulance staff across five services in England will walk out on 10 February in a dispute against pay, Unison says.
The five services are: London, Yorkshire, the South West, North East and North West.
The GMB Union has said more than 10,000 of its members, including paramedics, emergency care assistants, call handlers and other staff, will walk out on 20 February. It confirmed additional strikes on 6 and 20 March.
Workers part of the Unite union will walk out to, and have announced further dates for February. These are:
- Thursday 16 February
- Friday 17 February
- Monday 20 February
- Wednesday 22 February
- Thursday 23 February
- Friday 24 February
The ambulance services which are striking are:
- East Midlands Ambulance Service
- Mersey Care NHS
- North East Ambulance Service
- North West Ambulance Service
- South Central Ambulance
- South East Coast Ambulance Service
- South West Ambulance Service
- Welsh Ambulance Service
- Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Elizabeth Line services could be changed or cancelled at short notice throughout February as there is ongoing smaller-scale action, Transport for London (TfL) has warned.
Members of Aslef working on the Bakerloo line will walked out on 4 Februaryand will again on 11 February in a strike as part of a dispute over safety.
The union is objecting to a plan that would allow trains to go into sidings and depots without checking to make sure passengers have left the train.
Aslef said the proposal means passengers would have to rely on hearing PA announcements on 50-year-old trains to avoid being taken into depots and sidings.