LONDON (AP) — Thousands of UK postal workers, university lecturers and school teachers went on strike Thursday to demand better wages and working conditions amid a cost of living crisis.
Picket lines will be set up outside post offices, universities and schools in the biggest strike of the year.
Britons have faced travel misery and trash bin overflow in recent months as trade unions representing multiple industries launched strikes one after another. Lawyers, nurses, postal workers and many others have quit their jobs and are demanding wage increases to match the rapid inflation. Domestic utility and food costs have soared this year, with inflation reaching his 41-year high of 11.1% in October.
In Scotland, most schools will be closed on Thursday as teachers go on their biggest strike in decades.
At the university, about 70,000 faculty members will strike again on Thursday and November 30, in the largest act of its kind in higher education. This measure will affect an estimated 2.5 million students.
Royal Mail employees, on the other hand, leave the office on Thursdays, Black Friday, and Christmas Eve.
The latest strike comes as rail, shipping and transport unions said on Tuesday that more than 40,000 rail workers will stage new strikes in December and January, disrupting the travel of many during the busy festive season. It was made after the announcement. Union members will be out of the office for four days from December 13 through the first week of January, according to the union.
Pubs, bars and other hospitality businesses have expressed dismay at the latest train strike announcements.
“Continued rail strikes have had a major impact on the hospitality sector. I mean,” said Kate Nichols, Chief Executive Officer of the British Hospitality Industry Association.
“Another strike during the busiest time of the year for hospitality would be devastating, just as everyone expected an uninterrupted Christmas period for the first time in three years. ‘ she added.
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