The biggest strike in a decade paralyzes transport and schools in the United Kingdom: 500 thousand employees participate

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) protest on a picket line outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London, Britain, February 1, 2023. REUTERS/Toby Melville (TOBY MELVILLE/)

Half a million workers in the UKamong them teachers, university personnel, train and bus drivers, second this Wednesday the biggest strike in a decade in demand for salary improvements.

Although the country has experienced several days of strikes in recent months, today’s is the most important due to the number of employees who support it and the variety of sectors that support it.

Prime Minister’s Conservative Government Rishi Sunak It has recognized that there will be problems due to the scope of the force measures, since members of seven unions have voted in favor of going on strike.

Thousands of schools have been forced to close this Wednesday due to lack of staff, which has created difficulties for many parents, forced to take the day off or telework.

Teachers join the strike at a picket line at The Hurlingham Academy in Fulham, London, Britain February 1, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Teachers join the strike at a picket line at The Hurlingham Academy in Fulham, London, Britain February 1, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs (KEVIN COOMBS/)

Since this morning, pickets have been set up outside railway stations, primary and secondary schools, government departments and universities across the country.

Likewise, the Trade Union Confederation (TUC) reported today that they will deliver a letter to the Government, signed by 200,000 membersin protest against a new bill, currently in parliament, which seeks to set some minimum service levels during strikes.

TUC General Secretary, Paul NowakHe said he hopes the protests and strikes send a strong message to the government about the anger felt by a growing number of workers.

Several people hold placards as they take part in a right to strike protest outside Downing Street in London, Britain, January 30, 2023. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Several people hold placards as they take part in a protest for the right to strike outside Downing Street in London, Britain, January 30, 2023. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls (HENRY NICHOLLS/)

In today’s session, some 23,000 schools have been affected due to unemployment, while 100,000 civil servants of 124 government departments will not work either.

The train drivers of 14 operators are back on strike today, after they seconded similar measures in recent months.

(With information from EFE)

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