Britain is about to be delivered to its knees later this month and at the beginning of August with union staff set to stroll out of their jobs and kick begin a ‘Summer time of Discontent’.

BT and Openreach workers will be a part of rail staff, healthcare, postal and civil service professionals once they go on strike on July 29 and August 1 in a dispute over pay. 

Binmen and court docket workers can even maintain industrial motion as unions threaten to trigger chaos throughout the nation with few industries left untouched.

A few of this can impression the Commonwealth Video games, that are being held in Birmingham from July 28, with refuse staff within the West Midlands occurring strike in its opening week. 

The strike motion will likely be a bitter tablet to swallow for the general public, who’ve already needed to take care of journey chaos earlier in the summertime when the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, led by militant boss Mick Lynch, went on strike.

Mr Lynch, who led 50,000 staff on strike final month, has known as for renewed industrial motion in August that may trigger additional distress for travellers and commuters. 

RMT staff at Community Rail and 14 prepare operators will go on strike once more on August 18 and August 20.

That is along with rail strikes which are already set to happen on the finish of July when members of the Aslef and TSSA unions stroll out of their jobs.

The overall secretary of the RMT union mentioned he felt the general public was ‘proper behind’ staff, however the unions have been criticised by one Authorities minister who claimed the motion is designed to ‘trigger as a lot distress as doable’.

The coordinated strike motion comes as unions throughout the nation name for pay will increase to match inflation as the price of dwelling disaster squeezes family funds. 

Mick Lynch mentioned of the strike motion: ‘The general public appear to be proper behind us, lots of the public are in the identical place as our members’

Commuters board a bus at a bus stop, during an RMT walkout on the London Underground on June 6

Commuters board a bus at a bus cease, throughout an RMT walkout on the London Underground on June 6

RMT Members shelter under a tree during a heavy shower on the picket line outside Kings Cross station on June 23, 2022

RMT Members shelter below a tree throughout a heavy bathe on the picket line outdoors Kings Cross station on June 23, 2022

Who else is about to affix the summer season strike contagion? 

Strikes might unfold throughout the financial system within the coming months. These are the areas affected – and people which might be hit – and the unions behind the ballots.


Strikes by the RMT throughout three days final week closed half of the nation’s rail community and diminished service to a fifth of regular ranges.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Affiliation (TSSA) can also be balloting 1000’s of workers at Community Rail and a number of other prepare corporations, with the potential of strikes as quickly as July.

The prepare drivers’ union Aslef is about to strike at Higher Anglia and the Croydon Tramlink within the coming weeks.

Unite can also be balloting about 500 British Airways check-in workers at Heathrow over a refusal to reverse a ten per cent pandemic pay reduce. If staff vote in favour, strikes are doubtless in July – probably ruining some summer season holidays.


Lecturers’ union NAS/UWT will poll members over motion until the Authorities backs calls for for a 12 per cent pay rise. A pay award for 2022/23 is due in November.

The Nationwide Schooling Union has mentioned it should poll its 460,000 members if a pay rise in step with inflation shouldn’t be provided by the Authorities.


Unison, which represents NHS workers, has mentioned strikes are doable until the annual pay supply for them shouldn’t be near the speed of inflation. The British Medical Affiliation, which represents medical doctors, has additionally mentioned it should put together for a poll until junior medical doctors are given a 22 per cent ‘restorative’ pay rise.

The Royal Faculty of Nursing has additionally demanded a pay rise of 5 per cent above inflation.


The Public and Business Companies Union, which represents civil service staff, will maintain a poll in September over pay, pensions and redundancies.


The Unison, GMB and Unite unions have mentioned native authorities workers in England, Wales and Northern Eire ought to obtain a pay enhance of no less than £2,000 every. Employees embrace garbage collectors, library workers, educating assistants and care staff.

Unite mentioned it should assist ‘any motion’ by staff to realize a pay rise.


The Communication Employees Union will poll Royal Mail staff in a dispute over a pay rise supply of two per cent.

The union has additionally despatched poll papers to BT staff together with engineers, contact centre workers and retail staff over pay. It might outcome within the first strike on the firm because it was privatised within the mid-Nineteen Eighties.

Whereas rail unions proceed to strike of their ongoing row with Community Rail and rail operators, they’re being joined by staff from different sectors.  

Members of the Communication Employees Union (CWU) from BT and Openreach will stroll out on July 29 and August 1 after voting overwhelmingly for industrial motion final month.

The union mentioned it needed a ‘substantial’ pay rise, particularly with the spiralling price of inflation, arguing that BT might afford it.

These concerned within the row take care of the vast majority of Britain’s telecoms infrastructure, from cell phone connection, broadband web and back-up turbines to nationwide heath methods, cyber safety and knowledge centres.

It is going to be the primary strike motion at BT Group since 1987 and the primary nationwide name centre staff’ strike, mentioned the union, including that 40,000 staff have been concerned within the dispute.

CWU common secretary Dave Ward mentioned: ‘For the primary time since 1987, strike motion will now start at BT Group.

‘This isn’t a case of an employer refusing to fulfill a union’s calls for – that is about an employer refusing to fulfill us in any way.’ 

It comes as refuse assortment staff within the West Midlands are to strike on the opening week of the Commonwealth Video games.

Members of the GMB union will take 5 days of motion – on July 28, when the Video games open in Birmingham, July 29 and August 4, 5 and eight.

The union mentioned non-public contractor Serco, which runs refuse assortment companies throughout Sandwell, had provided an actual phrases pay reduce to staff.

Justine Jones, GMB Midlands organiser, mentioned: ‘Strike motion is a final resort, however Serco high brass have pressured the hand of lots of of hard-working native refuse staff.

‘Our members have requested for nothing greater than a good pay rise, after maintaining communities right here in Sandwell clear and protected all through the pandemic.

‘The eyes of the world will likely be on our space through the Commonwealth Video games, it is a disgrace that Serco have put the underside line earlier than their very own workforce and group on this manner.

‘It is a large distraction from the Video games and we hope Serco see sense and urgently convey a pay supply to the desk that displays the onerous work and dedication of our members.’

Courtroom safety workers are to stage a collection of strikes after voting to take motion in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Public and Business Companies union (PCS) employed by non-public contractors OCS, will stroll out on July 29 and August 2, 3 and 4.

They’ve rejected a pay supply the union mentioned was price 27p an hour above the nationwide minimal wage of £9.50.

PCS common secretary Mark Serwotka mentioned: ‘Our members are going through a cost-of-living disaster however, as an alternative of serving to them, OCS continues to supply poverty pay.

‘The courts are already scuffling with a big backlog of instances, and never having safety officers will convey them to a standstill.’

The union is asking for a £500 one-off cost, full occupational sick pay from day one, a further day’s annual depart and paid day off for medical appointments.

A Courts and Tribunals spokesperson mentioned: ‘Minimal disruption is anticipated from this proposed motion and we proceed to work carefully with OCS to keep up the security of all court docket customers.’

In the meantime Union baron Mick Lynch as we speak insisted the general public was ‘proper behind’ his union’s bid to cripple the rail community with a summer season of strike chaos – as two additional days of walkouts have been introduced for August 18 and 20. 

Members of his Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Community Rail and 14 prepare operators have vowed to stroll out over the worsening dispute over jobs, pay and dealing circumstances.

The motion introduced yesterday is along with a deliberate 24-hour strike by the RMT at prepare corporations and Community Rail on July 27 and by TSSA members on Avanti West Coast on the identical day.

In the meantime, Aslef has mentioned prepare drivers at eight rail corporations will strike on July 30 in a dispute over their pay. 

Criminal defence lawyers gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, United Kingdom on July 11, 2022, supporting the ongoing Criminal Bar Association (CBA) strikes over government set fees for legal aid advocacy work.

Prison defence legal professionals collect outdoors the Royal Courts of Justice in London, United Kingdom on July 11, 2022, supporting the continuing Prison Bar Affiliation (CBA) strikes over authorities set charges for authorized help advocacy work.

Mr Lynch (centre) on a Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) picket line outside outside Euston station in London

Mr Lynch (centre) on a Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) picket line outdoors outdoors Euston station in London

Newest strike motion to trigger distress for sports activities followers and concert-goers 

Live performance-goers, sports activities followers and graduating college students might face journey chaos later this summer season after additional rail strikes have been introduced. 

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Community Rail and 14 prepare operators have introduced that they may stroll out on August 18 and 20 over pay, jobs and dealing circumstances. 

The union had beforehand introduced a strike for July 27, the day earlier than the Commonwealth Video games opens in Birmingham, whereas Aslef, the commerce union for prepare drivers, introduced that they may strike on July 30. 

Girl Gaga is because of carry out on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 29 and 30 – live shows postponed from 2020 attributable to Covid – that means followers travelling by prepare are more likely to face disruption. 

Claire Marie, 58, from Barnstaple, Devon, who didn’t want to give her surname, is because of attend the live performance with a bunch of mates. 

She mentioned: ‘Me and the others all obtained tickets when she introduced a second present. We love Girl Gaga, and it means we’ll both be stranded in London or unable to go in any respect.

 ‘Truthfully, we really feel disheartened that strikes have been known as and (really feel) fairly upset. 

‘One of many group, Mary, [who is from the US] spent £4,000 on journey and lodging which seems to be to not go forward because of this. We’re fairly dismayed at this to be trustworthy.’ 

A spokesperson for Tottenham mentioned White Hart Lane and Northumberland Park stations are anticipated to be closed on July 30 because of the commercial motion. 

‘We’re advising followers to plan their journey prematurely and to make use of London Underground companies to succeed in the stadium,’ the spokesperson added. 

In the meantime, this yr’s A-level outcomes day falls on August 18, that means college students travelling by prepare to colleges and schools to seek out out their grades might be affected. 

Some universities even have commencement ceremonies deliberate, together with the College of Sheffield which is internet hosting a postponed ceremony on July 27 for individuals who couldn’t graduate final yr attributable to Covid-19. 

For soccer followers, travelling to video games could show troublesome, with the brand new Premier League season beginning on August 5. There are six video games scheduled for August 20. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has accused Aslef of ‘cynically orchestrating’ strike dates to coincide with the Commonwealth Video games, with unions ‘decided to trigger as a lot distress as doable’. 

He added: ‘The typical rail employee already earns £44,000, considerably greater than the individuals who will likely be most impacted by their walkout – the exact same individuals who stumped up £600 per family to maintain the railway working all through the pandemic and guarantee not a single individual misplaced their job.’ 

He famous the common prepare driver earned just below £60,000 a yr. 

Requested if public assist might ‘evaporate’ as a result of disruption brought on to folks’s lives and the financial system, Mr Lynch informed BBC Radio 4’s Right now programme: ‘The general public appear to be proper behind us, lots of the public are in the identical place as our members.

‘They haven’t had a pay rise, they really feel they’re being exploited by the employers and so they really feel that the Authorities is pushing down on wages with a purpose to defend income on this nation, that are nonetheless at greater ranges, and dividends are nonetheless being paid out.

‘Company Britain is making loads of cash on the backs of low-paid staff and our members characteristic in that, and we have to get a sq. deal for them in order that they’ll face the cost-of-living problem which is greatest addressed by means of their pay packets.’

With the most recent strike dates introduced for the center of the British summer season, 1000’s of individuals’s vacation plans are anticipated to be impacted. The brand new dates additionally coincide with the inaugural ‘Camp Bestival Shropshire’, probably leaving 1000’s of revelers to seek out various journey preparations to the occasion.

Camp Bestival Shropshire – the primary iteration of the household pageant ‘Bestival’ that’s held yearly in Dorset – will run from August 18 to August 21, that means the August 18 strike date will impression journey on the occasion’s first day.

Community Rail hit out on the union, saying that the announcement of extra strikes ‘dropped any pretence that that is about reaching a deal’. ‘It is clear the perfect pursuits of passengers and our workers are taking second place to the union’s bosses’ political marketing campaign,’ Andrew Haines, chief govt of Community Rail, mentioned yesterday evening.

A spokesman for the Rail Supply Group – the British rail business membership physique – mentioned: ‘It is a massively disappointing announcement from the RMT’s management which is able to upset passengers’ summer season plans, undermine struggling companies and upend the business’s restoration.’

The businesses concerned within the RMT strikes are: Community Rail, Chiltern Railways, Cross Nation Trains, Higher Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Nice Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Japanese, South Western Railway, Transpennine Categorical, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (together with Gatwick Categorical). 

The RMT was criticised by Britain’s Rail Supply Group (RDG), which known as on the union’s leaders to return to talks. 

‘We wish to give our folks a rise in pay, however asking taxpayers to shoulder extra of the burden once they have already contributed £600 per family through the pandemic, or anticipating passengers to fund it by paying extra for his or her tickets, is not truthful or sustainable,’ the RDG mentioned in an announcement.

Passengers wait at a bus stop outside Clapham Junction station in south-west London during another strike on June 21

Passengers wait at a bus cease outdoors Clapham Junction station in south-west London throughout one other strike on June 21 

‘As a substitute, we’ve a duty to make adjustments to long-outdated working practices so we are able to adapt to post-Covid journey patterns, convey our railway updated and provides our passengers a extra punctual and dependable service.

‘Fairly than staging counterproductive strikes, we ask the RMT’s management to proceed speaking so we are able to come to a deal that works for our folks, our passengers and for taxpayers.’

Right now’s announcement adopted that from one other union – Aslef – which mentioned prepare drivers at eight rail corporations will strike on July 30 in a dispute over their pay.

Members of Aslef at Arriva Rail London, Chiltern Railways, Higher Anglia, Nice Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains will stroll out.

Drivers on Higher Anglia and the Stansted Categorical can even strike on July 23, and people on Hull Trains will strike on July 16, 17, 23 and 24. 

The Aslef strike dates will doubtless impression Brits and vacationers heading to some main occasions this month together with the Ladies’s Euro ultimate at Wembley and the primary weekend of Championship soccer. 

It comes as no less than two prepare operators have suspended ticket gross sales for the proposed strike dates after unions rejected the pay supply from Community Rail and introduced the strike dates earlier this week.

Each Avanti West Coast and LNER are not promoting tickets for that date which has been mooted as the subsequent potential day of strike motion by militant union barons with operators warning each July 26 and 28 are additionally more likely to be affected.

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