UK News: When are the next strikes? Full list of unions threatening action in August as workers demand better pay

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The “summer of discontent” is set to continue in Britain this month, with swathes of essential workers planning strike action in protest at pay and conditions.

Mick Whelan (centre in suit), general secretary of Aslef, on the picket line outside Paddington train station in London last month (Photo: Maighna Nanu/PA Wire) © Provided by The i Mick Whelan (centre in suit), general secretary of Aslef, on the picket line outside Paddington train station in London last month (Photo: Maighna Nanu/PA Wire)

Further industrial action from rail, Tube and bus workers mean commuters can expect more disruption to travel over the coming weeks.

Supplies of goods such as food and clothing are likely to be affected by action at the UK’s largest container port, while a council worker strike in Edinburgh is set to have an impact on waste collection as the city hosts its annual Fringe Festival.

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Barristers will also strike again this month as part of an ongoing battle to increase funding for legal aid.

i has put together a definitive guide to all the confirmed and potential strike action this month and beyond.

Transport

Train and Tube strikes by Aslef union members

On Saturday 13 August, train drivers who are members of the Aslef union will stage a 24-hour walkout in protest against a pay offer, which the union has said does not keep pace with the increasing cost of living.

The strike will affect nine companies: Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

Avanti West Coast also announced on Monday that it had imposed a stripped-down timetable until further notice, blaming “unofficial” strike action from Aslef members as drivers called in sick and refused to take overtime. Aslef rejected the claims that members were participating in unofficial strike action.

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Train and Tube strikes by RMT, TSSA and Unite

Following the largest train strike in a generation last month, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union is planning further action from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 August.

On 18 and 20 August, the strike will bring out 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies, including Avanti West Coast, LNER and South Western Railway.

National Rail workers who are members of the Transport and Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) and Unite have also voted in favour of strike action on the same days. These workers include electric control room operators and other non-driving staff.

RMT members working on the London Underground and Overground will stage a walkout on Friday 19 August. Tube workers are striking over pensions and job cuts, while overground workers are striking over pay.

Bus strike by Unite

On Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August more than 1,600 London bus workers in west London will stage strike action in protest of the pay offer they have received.

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The first day of the strike action will coincide with the strikes planned for the London Underground and Overground, bringing public transport to a grinding halt in the capital that Friday.

Unite is also balloting bus drivers employed by Arriva in north London over potential strike action.

Supply chain

Felixstowe Port strike

Over 1,900 workers at the UK’s largest container port in Felixstowe will stage strike action over pay for eight days from Sunday 21 to Monday 29 August.

The strike, which is being organised by Unite, is expected to cause huge disruption to the supply of goods including packaged food, electronics and clothing.

DHL strikes

For one week from Saturday 13 to Saturday 20 August, DHL workers based in Scotland will go on strike in a move that their union, Unite, says will impact supplies to Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Unite said the strike was to protest the fact that DHL were offering lower wages to workers based in Scotland, unlike in other parts of the UK.

Legal system

Barristers strike

Barristers will continue to strike this month, staging walkouts every other week, including Monday 15 to Friday 19 August and Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September.

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The strikes, which started earlier this summer, are being held due to an ongoing dispute between the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) and the government over legal aid fees.

The CBA has said that hundreds of barristers have left the profession as a result of low pay and long hours.

Council workers

Edinburgh Council strike

About 250 waste, recycling and street cleaning workers at Edinburgh Council will strike from 18-30 August, as the city hosts the Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals.

Unite said the action was in protest to a “derisory” 2 per cent local government pay offer and that it planned to stage a “second wave” of strike action across other Scottish councils next month. This second wave will be designed to specifically impact schools, the union said.

Potential strike action

Workers across a number of other sectors are in the process of deciding whether to take strike action. This includes:

Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced on Monday that it would ballot members over strike action in a dispute over NHS pay. The ballot will open on Thursday 15 September for four weeks.

If the ballot is successful, it will be the first time RCN members in England and Wales have staged a walkout. RCN members in Northern Ireland went on strike in 2019.

Education

Unison is balloting higher education workers across 92 universities over strike action in protest at below-inflation pay increases.

Communications

The Communications Workers Union has said it is preparing to ballot members across the Capita O2 and Tesco Mobile partnerships due to a “derisory” 4 per cent pay offer.

The union is also locked into a pay dispute with Capital TVL over pay for TV licensing workers.

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