UK strikes 2023: Which workforces are striking or threatening to strike?

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Heathrow airport security staff are striking today in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Holidaymakers could find travel plans disrupted by the walkouts, which were announced earlier this month.

Today’s strikes are the latest in a long series of disputes over pay and working conditions across various industries.

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Workers in a number of sectors went on strike earlier this year, including Passport Office workers, nurses, and junior doctors.

So, which industries are affected by strikes in the coming weeks and when will staff walk out?

When will Heathrow airport security workers strike?

Heathrow security officers start their three-day strike today (May 25), which will run until May 27, amid an ongoing dispute between the Unite union and Heathrow Airport.

Passengers have been told they will be limited to two pieces of hand luggage on strike days.

However, Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said on Monday that “passengers should not be concerned about strike action” over this period.

“The 15 days of strike action over the Easter peak and coronation weekends have had no impact on the smooth running of the airport, and passengers have not noticed any difference from the normal great service they expect at Heathrow,” he added.

Will teachers strike?

The National Education Union (NEU) has threatened strike action in July if the dispute over pay is not resolved by mid-June.

The NEU says teachers will strike on the week commencing July 3 if Education Secretary Gillian Keegan does not address teachers’ pay concerns.

Joint general secretaries Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney said in a statement: “She can fund schools properly, start to address the decline in teacher pay and its consequences for the appalling state of teacher recruitment and retention.

“If she makes the right decisions, she could also avoid further strike action.”

Teachers in England previously rejected the Government’s pay offer, which would have increased salaries by 4.5 per cent on average next year, alongside a one-off payment of £1,000 for this year.

When are the next train strikes?

RMT members will strike on June 2, with around 20,000 members of staff across 14 train companies set to walk out.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The Government is once again not allowing the Rail Delivery Group to make an improved offer that we can consider.

“Therefore, we have to pursue our industrial campaign to win a negotiated settlement on jobs, pay, and conditions.”

Furthermore, Aslef train drivers are walking out on May 31 and June 3.

Announcing the latest strikes, Aslef said: “Most of the drivers have not had a pay increase at all since 2019 and, with inflation still well over 10 per cent and the cost of living spiralling, this is not acceptable.”

Will there be strikes on the Elizabeth line?

Strikes on the Elizabeth line have been called off after rail union TSSA accepted a revised pay proposal from management at Rail for London Infrastructure. Industrial action had been planned for yesterday, May 24, the anniversary of the Elizabeth line opening.

TSSA’s interim organising director Mel Taylor said, “We have had a very constructive meeting and, as a result, TSSA has agreed to suspend the strike action planned on May 24. This will enable our teams to fully digest the changes and allow for further consultation and discussion over the coming days. We certainly do not take strike action lightly but we have made this progress as a result of the action we have taken and planned to take.”

Are pilots striking this summer?

Spanish pilots could strike this summer in a dispute with the Spanish government. The Spanish Union of Airline Pilots has proposed industrial action that could affect pilots at Easyjet and Ryanair, along with Jet 2, Swiftair, Plus Ultra, Norweigan, Eurowings, and Evelop.

The union members are protesting against the government’s “abusive” minimum services rules, which reportedly mean that 90 per cent of flights have been forced to go ahead during industrial action.

Should the strike action go ahead, it could affect Brits travelling to and from Spain this summer.

When will junior doctors strike?

Junior doctors are set to strike in June, with members of the British Medical Association walking out from 6.59am on June 14 until 7am on June 17.

The BMA announced the 72-hours strike in response to the Government’s “paltry” five per cent pay increase offer.

They previously went on strike in April and March, resulting in hundreds of thousands of appointments being cancelled or rescheduled.

When will health workers strike?

Health workers are set to strike on June 1, with Unite members at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London set to walk out.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members are returning to the picket lines in targeted industrial action to place further pressure on the Government to reopen pay negotiations.

“The current pay deal does not address the fundamental problems undermining the NHS.

“Workers have suffered real-terms pay cuts for over a decade and can no longer afford to make ends meet, resulting in experienced staff leaving the NHS in droves.”