February 7, 2023

The wave of strikes sweeping the country is reaching a peak this week, threatening to bring Britain to a standstill as transport network workers, NHS, Royal Mail and civil servants take industrial action in rows over wages and conditions.

Further unrest could plague the government in the new year as strike ballots for firefighters and teachers close in January, trainee doctors will vote next month, and London Underground workers have approved a mandate for another six months of union action.

With widespread public and private sector protests, Rishi Sunak this month threatened to introduce “new hard laws” to limit strike action.

No 10 did not release details of the plans, but Sharon Graham, Unite’s general secretary, said the union would not be “intimidated by anti-union attacks” and was “industrially and financially ready” to challenge new measures. .

Here are the main public service strikes planned for December and January: