Further strikes are expected across the UK amid continuing labor disputes over pay, jobs and conditions.
Strikes or ballots for industrial action have become commonplace as workers across the country join the growing campaign for wage increases to match soaring inflation amid the cost of living crisis .
The new “winter of discontent” comes amid deteriorating industrial relations and accusations from union officials that the government is doing little or nothing to help workers struggling with mounting bills.
Lawyers vote on whether to call off their indefinite strike, while teachers and nurses are voted on whether to start industrial action.
Here are some of the upcoming strikes and potential disputes over the next few weeks:
– October 7: Hundreds of Unite members employed as bus drivers in Kent are on strike over pay and conditions. They will also strike on October 10 and 11.
– October 8: Members of the RMT and TSSA unions will go on strike, with only a fifth of trains running as a result.
– October 9: A ballot to determine whether members of the Criminal Bar Association will end the strike after receiving a government wage offer is ending.
– October 10: A decision on whether the lawyers will end the strike will be announced.
– October 12: A strike ballot has opened at the Educational Institute of Scotland, Scotland’s largest teachers’ union.
– 21st of October : A GMB poll of 100,000 local government workers ends.
– November 2: A strike ballot by members of the Royal College of Nursing ends.
– November 11th: A strike ballot by members of the Royal College of Midwives opens.
– Date to be confirmed: A strike vote by members of the GMB union in the East Midlands Ambulance Service and the West Midlands Ambulance Service, over a pay dispute, will take place.