Who is on strike this week? Every service affected by recent labor disputes

Waves of industrial action continue to disrupt essential services in the UK.

Staff from sectors such as the NHS and rail transport will walk away from appointments this week after failing to reach an agreement with the Government.

The disputes mainly revolve around pay, with unions demanding wage increases to cope with rising inflation, and they follow earlier rounds of action by railway unions, nurses and others.

Here are the strikes taking place this week.

junior doctors

Young doctors in England will be phased out for three days from Monday March 13 (Jeff Moore/PA) (PA Wire)

Tens of thousands of junior doctors are going on a three-day strike this week over pay and working conditions.

From March 13-15, doctors represented by the British Medical Association (BMA) will picket outside hospitals in what will be the longest stretch of industrial action by young doctors in history.

The BMA said newly qualified medical professionals have suffered a 26 per cent real pay cut since 2008/09 due to inflation.

While talks between the government and other health unions are still ongoing, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told reporters it was “very disappointing” that BMA “is not working with the government”.

Dental trainees

From March 13-15, dental trainees in hospitals across England, represented by the British Dental Association (BDA), will also launch a 72-hour strike at a number of trusts.


Around 133,000 civil servants from 124 ministries are said to be on strike on March 15, Chancellor’s Day.

Workers, represented by the Public and Commercial Services union, are demanding a 10 percent pay rise, as well as better pensions, job security and no cuts in notice periods.


Unions face new bid to resolve teacher pay dispute in Scotland (PA) (PA Wire)

Unions face new bid to resolve teacher pay dispute in Scotland (PA) (PA Wire)

Teachers represented by the National Education Union in England and Wales will go on strike on March 15-16 after rejecting a government offer of an additional pay rise of 1.5 per cent plus a 1.5 per cent lump sum.

It follows the previous promotion last month.

In response to her concerns, the government said it had already agreed £2bn of extra school funding.

University staff

Around 70,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) are on strike at 150 universities on March 16 and 17.

They demand wage increases in line with inflation.

railway workers

Members of the RMT and Aslef unions who work on the London Underground will also go on strike on Budget Day as part of an ongoing row over worker rules and pensions.

TfL have said they are expecting “little or no service” on the Tube network that day because of the action.

Meanwhile, RMT members from 14 rail operators will also go on strike on March 16-18.

BBC journalists

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has announced BBC staff will go on strike over plans to share content between local radio stations.

The 24-hour strike takes place on budget day.

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