Who is on strike TODAY? Thousands of civil servants leave DWP staff in Liverpool and Swansea on February 25
- Swansea and Liverpool civil servants continue their strikes today
- DWP and DVLA protests are latest in months of demonstrations
Civil servants in Swansea, Birmingham and Liverpool will continue their strikes today over their working conditions and anti-inflation wages as the UK continues to reel from the strike.
The demonstrations come after a week in which ambulance crews in Northern Ireland and airport workers also went on strike for better deals.
It looks like March will also be dominated by protests, with a large number of strikes planned in the public and private sectors, from Tube staff to Amazon workers.
The pickets are just the latest in a series of protests that have dogged Britain in recent months since the ’12 Christmas strikes’, in which railway workers, staff, nurses, ambulance crews, teachers , security guards handling money, cleaners, porters, driving examiners, airport workers, rural pay officers and civil servants go on strike.
This action was followed in the new year by a massive protest on February 1, dubbed Strike Wednesday, in which 500,000 workers, including teachers, lecturers, civil servants, train workers, bus drivers, Border Force agents, and security guards, left their tools in the biggest day of industrial action in a decade.
February and March will witness a series of strikes in the public and private sectors.
Here’s who is on strike across the UK today and why.
Civil Service – United Kingdom
A plethora of public servants that make up the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) will continue today their march that will last until the weekend.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employees in various workplaces are taking their 15th day of labor action on wages, pensions, job security and terms of termination.
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) staff in Swansea and Birmingham are also organizing a walkout.
After taking five days of labor action last month, they are on strike for six days.
DVLA staff in Swansea and Birmingham are on strike
What is to come?
Rail workers will stage another series of nationwide strikes next month in a long-running dispute over wages, jobs and conditions.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said its industrial action will start on March 16 after “employers refused to put new offers on the table.”
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘The government is not giving rail employers a new mandate to offer our members a new deal on pay, conditions and job security.
“Therefore, our members will now take sustained and targeted industry action over the coming months.”
The young doctors have also announced that they will stage a 72-hour strike in March over pay and working conditions. The date of this picket has not yet been decided.
In a statement, the BMA said: “While caseloads and waiting lists are at record levels, pay for young doctors has fallen by more than a quarter since 2008,” the BMA said.
“A crippling cost-of-living crisis, burnout and salary increases well below inflation risk driving hard-working physicians out of their profession at a time when we need them more than ever.”
Ambulance staff will also go on strike next month, on March 6 and 20.
GMB and Unite members from West Midlands, North West, North East and East Midlands will be picketing on these dates.