UK strike dates in full, from rail staff to nurses and airport workers

With inflation above 10 per cent, few pay offers are sufficient to cover it

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The UK is facing a wave of strikes in several sectors, as the cost-of-living crisis coincides with a tax-raising budget — and workers find themselves stuck in the middle.

Nurses have scheduled strikes over pay alongside workers with a more traditional reputation for protest action.

A bus strike planned for December was called off on December 7 after drivers accepted an 11 per cent pay increase but an airport workers strike was confirmed the same day.

So far, with inflation above 10 per cent, managers are seldom offering increases to match that level and workers say they have not seen a real-term pay increase for years.

Here’s a look at who is striking and when.

Airports and borders

Civil servants are striking over pay, pensions and job security.

Border Force workers at Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff airports will strike for eight days from December 23 to New Year's Eve.

The union has already announced strikes at the Department for Work and Pensions, the Highways Agency and among driving examiners.


Aslef, the train drivers’ union, says it is striking over pay and conditions.

Strike action will take place across the following train companies and there is likely to be a significant impact on services.

Some services will run but most companies will be on least a reduced timetable.


  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • Heathrow Express
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • Southeastern
  • TransPennine Express
  • Stansted Express
  • West Midlands Railway
  • CrossCountry
  • Elizabeth line
  • LNER
  • London Overground
  • Northern

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union has announced a series of 48-hour strikes for this month and January in its long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from December 18 until January 2.

Workers at Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will strike.

RMT strike dates

  • December 13 and 14
  • December 16 and 17
  • December 24 to December 27
  • January 3 and 4
  • January 6 and 7

London Underground

There are no looming strike dates but there will be some fallout from rail strikes where the track is owned by Network Rail. As such, disruption will affect parts of the District and Bakerloo lines, the London Overground and Elizabeth line.

London buses

Industrial action involving more than 2,000 bus drivers in London has been called off after the workers accepted an improved pay offer.

Unite said its members, employed by Metroline, have accepted an 11 per cent pay increase, which the union said was a “significant improvement” on the 4 per cent drivers were originally offered.

Strikes scheduled for these dates have been called off:

  • Friday, December 9 and Saturday 10
  • Friday, December 16 and Saturday 17


Nurses have announced two 12-hour strike days after deciding the UK government has not begun “detailed negotiations”.

Nurses will still provide emergency care, but routine services will be, at least, reduced

The Royal College of Nursing wants a pay offer of 5 per cent above inflation. It points to London School of Economics research that found the salaries of experienced nurses have declined by 20 per cent in real terms over 10 years.

  • December 15
  • December 20

In Scotland, the RCN paused strike action after the Scottish government reopened pay negotiations.

Other health services

Another 10,000 Unite union members are voting on whether to strike in January. They represent blood and transplant workers at 36 NHS trusts and organisations in England and Wales.



About 70,000 members of the University and College Union are in a dispute over pay, pensions and contracts.

It could affect an estimated 2.5 million students, with the union warning of escalated action in the new year if the disagreement is not resolved.

The union said lecturers and other academic staff had suffered a decade of below-inflation pay rises, with a 3 per cent increase announced in the summer.


Thursday, November 24

Friday, November 25

Wednesday, November 30


Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland will walk out on Thursday in the first national strike over pay for almost 40 years, with the action by teachers expected to close the majority of schools across Scotland.

Emergency services


Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will travel to Westminster on December 6 for a demonstration and lobby of MPs.

Firefighters and control staff have rejected a 5 per cent pay offer and will start voting on industrial action on December 5, with the result due in the new year.


Thousands of ambulance workers and other staff working for the UK’s National Health Service will strike on December 21 in a row over pay.

Updated: December 07, 2022, 4:47 PM