British university staff, Scottish teachers and postal workers go on strike

Postal workers, teachers and university staff across the UK went on strike on Thursday to demand better pay, with warnings there will be more industrial action and widespread disruption in the run up to Christmas.

More than 70,000 staff at UK universities, teachers across Scotland and Royal Mail postal workers walked amid a growing spate of disputes as workers and businesses grapple with a cost of living crisis.

University and College Union (UCU) secretary-general Jo Grady said the planned three-day strikes were the “largest strike action in the history of higher education” over a dispute over pensions, working conditions and pay.

Teachers across Scotland also began the first day of strikes in almost four decades after talks with the Scottish Government and COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) for a wage deal fell through.

The Educational Institute of Scotland union called its members to strike in “all Scottish schools”, with classes closed to pupils after months of negotiations failed to reach a satisfactory wage agreement.

A spokesman for COSLA said the union “must recognize that these are extremely challenging times financially”.

Royal Mail postal workers across the UK also pickedet to begin two days of strike action to coincide with the annual Black Friday sales.

The long-running wage dispute between the post and parcel company and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is one of many raging across the country, including a wage dispute with railroad workers who have announced planned strikes over two months before and after the Christmas holidays.

Rail union leaders will meet the transport minister later on Thursday.

Senior Government Minister Michael Gove said there needed to be fruitful negotiations between employers and unions.

“My first thought is for the people affected by the strike action, people who are finding that their day-to-day life is disrupted, whether it’s with the Royal Mail or transport,” he told BBC TV.

“What I want to see are people who are able to go about their daily lives undisturbed.”

© Thomson Reuters 2022.

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