February 4, 2023

Road Ahead Closed Sign

A PCS strike could lead to road closures in the coming months. (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union working on England’s motorways have voted to strike ahead of Christmas and around the New Year.

The PCS’s planned industrial action is just the latest in a series of strikes in the transport sector as workers fight for better wages and working conditions.

But on what dates do road workers plan to strike and how will the strikes affect Christmas travel?

Here’s everything you need to know.

On what dates will road workers go on strike?

London and the South East will be next hit by strikes on December 22, 23 and 24, followed by other parts of the country later in the month and early January.


When are the December and January strikes?

The full list of strike dates is as follows:

  • December 22 – London and Southeast
  • 23 December – London and Southeast
  • December 30 – West Midlands and South West
  • December 31 – West Midlands and South West
  • January 3rd – All areas
  • January 4 – All areas
  • 6 January – East Midlands and East England
  • January 7 – East Midlands and East England

Why are the road workers on strike?

Road strikes

Road workers strike over wages (Photo: Getty)

The PCS is a trade union representing workers employed by the UK government.

Several other members of the membership are (and will be) on strike, including Border Guard officials and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency employees.

Like many striking workers, people working on England’s motorways voted for union action after a dispute over pay.

They also went on strike over retirement eligibility, job security, and no cuts to layoff terms.

PCS Secretary-General Mark Serwotka said: “We know that the action of our members may cause inconvenience to travelers planning to visit their families over the holiday season, but our members have been brought into this situation by a government that cannot act on its own. staff want to listen.

“With the severe cost of living crisis, they deserve to be well paid for the important work they do, keeping our roads safe and clear. The government is in control here – it can stop these strikes by putting money on the table.’

How will the strikes affect Christmas travel?

Many people will have a hard time driving home for Christmas this year (Picture: Getty)

National Highways Workers plan, design, build, operate and maintain the country’s roads and PCS has said that if they go on strike it could bring the road network to a standstill.

While roads will remain open for travel, drivers should expect delays and the possibility of last-minute closures.

This means Britons looking to drive home for Christmas will need to plan their trips around the strike dates.

With many traffic strikes that coincided train strikes, it will be incredibly difficult to travel on some days, so be sure to plan ahead to avoid being stranded.

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