Rail workers are set to stage another strike in September as their disputes over wages, job security and working conditions continue.
Thousands of workers across the UK have left this summer, and protests have been staged by everyone from port workers to train drivers, lawyers and garbage collectors.
But who strikes, when and why?
Members of the Transportation Workers Association (TSSA) left for two days this month, August 18 and 20, and plan to strike again at noon on Monday, September 26 for 24 hours, extending the action into a second day.
It was timed to coincide with the Labor Party conference in Liverpool.
The union is negotiating with Network Rail. Members of the nine railroad companies, as well as Network Rail, plan to leave if the promotion continues.
The following operators are affected: TransPennine Express, West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, c2c, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, LNER and Southeast.
TSSA previously rejected an “insulting” offer of a 2% pay rise.
Members of other unions, including the Railroad, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), also went on strike this summer. The actions of the RMT on 27 July brought about half of the UK rail network to a halt.
All strikes were held on similar issues regarding wages and working conditions.
Among other things, they say that wages are not keeping up with the living wage and they need to raise wages.
According to Network Rail, the average salary for a signalman is £44,000. Maintenance workers earn an average of £31,000 while the overall average for Network Rail RMT members is £36,000. Members can earn much less, however, as little as £21,000 for station staff.
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) called on members who collect, sort and deliver packages and letters to strike on several dates, including August 31 and September 8 and 9.
They staged a rally, the largest since 2009, after refusing a 2 percent pay rise, again because it hasn’t kept up with rising costs of living.
The action was attended by 115,000 participants on Wednesday.
Another 40,000 BT and Openreach employees who are members of the CWU also left on the same day.
“The reason for the strike is simple: the workers do not accept a sharp decline in their standard of living,” said CWU general secretary Dave Ward.
The average salary for a postal worker is £25,777.
Criminal lawyers in England and Wales have announced an extended strike that will officially begin on 5 September.
Members of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) were fired every week over a legal fee dispute.
But earlier this week, they voted in favor of an indefinite and continuous strike.
While it won’t technically start until next week, it is in fact already in place as strikes resumed on Tuesday.
The 15% fee increase was to come into effect from the end of September, meaning an increase of £7,000 a year. But there was anger over the fact that this would only apply to new cases and not work in progress.
The Criminal Bar Association wants a 25 percent increase in the Graded Attorney Fee Scheme (AGFS), under which lawyers demand legal aid.
Although barristers earn an average of £89,400 per year gross, they can earn much less, especially if they are paid through legal aid.
Successful barristers doing legal aid-assisted work in both criminal and civil cases can earn less than £20,000 a year, according to the Chambers Student Guide.
Waste Council workers who are members of Unison, Unite and GMB are on strike across much of Scotland over wages, as are many others.
The strike in Edinburgh that swept through the Fringe festival and led to trash cans overflowing on the streets ended on Tuesday.
But further actions are planned in other areas of the council.
Negotiations are ongoing between trade unions and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. But the Unite committee has rejected his latest offer for a lump sum of 5 per cent to staff, which would range from £989 to £2,000.
Other professions may follow
Around 100,000 NHS workers in England and Wales, represented by Unite, will vote to decide if they want to strike this winter. The union called the proposal for a 4% pay rise a “massive pay cut” due to inflation. The Royal College of Nursing is asking its 465,000 members if they want to take action. And the British Medical Association, which represents 160,000 doctors, said strikes were inevitable.
Teachers could also go on strike in the fall over a proposed 5 percent pay rise. The teachers’ union NASUWT, which is calling for a 12 percent increase in membership, said it would vote to strike members in the fall if members were not offered more.
Workers at Heathrow Airport called off their 11 a.m. pay strike earlier this summer, while staff at Stansted Airport in Essex are voting on whether action should be taken.
Some experts believe inflation could reach 22.4% next year if energy prices continue to rise.
Updated: August 31, 2022, 13:21