UK strike dates: Who is striking and when?

Britain will be hit by more protest action into April as workers contend with a cost-of-living crisis

Junior doctors have announced more strike dates. AP
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A series of strikes over pay are being fought across Britain and across sectors as the country struggles with rampant inflation.

Junior doctors are striking over a decline in “real-terms” pay, which they say is down by more a quarter in the past 15 years.

Rail workers and civil servants are in continuing disputes over pay and conditions. However, for some, there is relief and a pause in strikes.

Junior doctors

Junior doctors in England have four more days of strikes scheduled after talks with the government failed to resolve a bitter row over pay.

“We want to spend our time looking after patients, not on strike, but with an NHS buckling under a workforce crisis, and four in 10 junior doctors looking to leave, we can't stand by while our pay is further eroded by inflation and an intransigent government,” the British Medical Association union (BMA) said

The 96-hour walkout will take place during shifts starting between 7am on April 11 and 7am on April 15, the BMA said.

The BMA says junior doctors’ pay has fallen in real terms by 26 per cent since 2008-2009 and reversing this would require a 35.3 per cent rise.

London Underground

There are no planned strikes dates but the dispute over pensions, job losses and contracts is not yet over.

The Rail, Martine and Transport union (RMT) walked out during the UK's government's budget day speech.

Tube drivers represented by the Aslef union have also gone on strike.


RMT members have suspended strikes set for March 30 and April 1 but the two sides have given no sign of how talks are progressing.

Heathrow Airport

Security guards will strike from March 31 until April 9.

The Unite union has warned travellers to expect severe delays but airport bosses say they have contingency plans.

Civil servants

About 100,000 civil servants with the Public and Commercial Services union are in a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and pensions.

More than 120 government departments have voted to strike.

The passport office will go on strike from April 3 to May 5 while the British Museum's strike is from April 6 to April 12 and that of Ofsted from March 27 to March 29.

Ambulance workers

The protest action has been paused while a new offer is voted on.

The offer involves a one-off payment of 2 per cent of their salary plus an additional Covid-19 recovery bonus of 4 per cent for 2022 to 2023, and then a 5 per cent pay increase for 2023 to 2024.


They have paused their strikes.

Three of the big unions are recommending an offer of a 5 per cent increase from April and a one-off payment.


No strikes are planned while negotiations take place. Two unions have agreed to pause their protest action while they meet managers.

Updated: March 24, 2023, 2:03 PM