Who is on strike today in the UK? Scottish school teachers and bus drivers walk out

Several sectors are striking throughout February

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 walked out.

Today (2 February), scottish teachers stagger their strike days into the first week of February as more than 1,900 Unite members Abellio workers are taking action. The UK is also preparing for possibly the biggest walkout in NHS history on 6 February.

Here’s a rundown of exactly who’s striking when in the next couple weeks, and why certain unions are walking out.

Teachers Strike


Teachers who are members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) will strike on numerous days in January and February.

The EIS has organised 16 consecutive days of action starting from Monday 16 January, that will see teachers strike across Scotland in a staggered fashion.

Here is the full list of dates and locations:

  • Thursday 2 February – Dundee and Argyll and Bute
  • Friday 3 February – South Lanarkshire and Western Isles
  • Monday 6 February – Inverclyde and Shetland

England and Wales

More than 23,000 schools in England and Wales are expected to be affected after thousands of teachers are set to walk out after the National Education Union (NEU) organised a ballot of 300,000 members calling for a pay rise.

The strike days are:

  • Tuesday 14 February: all eligible members in England and Wales
  • Tuesday 28 February: all eligible members in the Northern, North West, Yorkshire and The Humber regions
  • Wednesday 1 March: all eligible members in the East Midlands, West Midlands, and Eastern regions
  • Thursday 2 March: all eligible members in London, South East and South West regions
  • Wednesday 15 March: all eligible members in England and Wales
  • Thursday 16 March: all eligible members in England and Wales

Bus strikes 

Over 1,900 Abellio workers part of the Unite union are on their second day of strike in February.  This walkout is expected mainly in west and south London. They have already completed some of their industrial action, but the next dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 2 February
  • Friday 3 February

TfL said the daytime routes affected by strike action are:

3, 27, 45, 63, 68, 109, 130, 156, 195, 196, 201, 207, 267, 270, 278, 315, 322, 350, 367, 381, 407, 415, 427, 433, 464, 482, 490, 969, C10, E5, E7, E10, E11, H20, H25, H28, H26, P5, P13, R68, R70, S4, U5, U7, U9

Route 481 will operate but with fewer services on weekdays from 07:30-08:00am, and from 3:00-4:00pm.

The night routes to be affected are:

N3, N27, N63, N68, N109, N207, N381

The 24- hour routes to be affected are:

24, 111, 159, 285, 344, 345

University Staff 

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

Rail Strikes

Train drivers are striking nationally on Wednesday 1 February and Friday 3 February after their union, Aslef, rejected a pay offer. This is likely to affect numerous train companies across Britain with the following affected: 

  • Avanti West Coast 
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • GTR Great Northern Thameslink
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • Southeastern
  • Southern/Gatwick Express
  • South Western Railway (depot drivers only)
  • SWR Island Line
  • TransPennine Express
  • West Midlands Trains

Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway and LNER will be running an amended service.