Who’s on strike today and how will it affect you? Daily update for January 16

After a weekend of hassle-free travel another round of strike action will start from today.

Both bus drivers and teachers in Scotland will be back on the picket lines after the UK is starting to learn to have to deal with industrial action.

As has been the case in many industries, both bus drivers and teachers have been striking over a pay dispute amidst the huge increases in inflation the country has seen.

It comes after many industries including nurses, doctors, taxi drivers, teachers have all taken strike action in the last few months.

Last weekend was the first time this year there were no unions or industries striking.

It comes after Scotland’s biggest teaching union announced 22 additional days of strikes amid a pay dispute this weekend.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) confirmed the dates, which come in addition to a 16-day programme of rolling industrial action set to begin next week.

Timeline of strikes over the next few weeks

– January 16

EIS to stage a national strike for 16 consecutive days until February 2, which will see members in two local authorities strike each day.

London bus workers at Abellio will go on strike.

– January 18

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members in England will strike.

– January 19

London bus workers at Abellio will go on strike.

RCN members in England will continue their strike.

– January 23

Unison members working for five ambulance services in England will stage another walkout.

– January 25

London bus workers at Abellio will go on strike.

– January 26

London bus workers at Abellio will continue to strike.

Physiotherapists who are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy will strike.

It follows talks between unions, councils and the Scottish government on Thursday.

Ministers and councils have said a requested 10% pay rise is unaffordable.

Teaching unions have so far rejected a 5% pay increase, including rises of up to 6.85% for the lowest-paid staff.

Previous walkouts were held in late November 2022 – which led to the closure of every state school in mainland Scotland, said the EIS.

According to NASUWT’s strike announcement, it is calling for a ‘fully funded 12% pay award for 2022/23’.

Full list of affected bus routes

TfL has said that the following daytime routes will be affected by strike action:

  • 3
  • 27
  • 45
  • 63
  • 68
  • 109
  • 130
  • 156
  • 195
  • 196
  • 201
  • 207
  • 267
  • 270
  • 278
  • 315
  • 322
  • 350
  • 367
  • 381
  • 407
  • 415
  • 427
  • 433
  • 464
  • 482
  • 490
  • 969
  • C10
  • E5
  • E7
  • E10
  • E11
  • H20
  • H25
  • H28
  • H26
  • P5
  • P13
  • R68
  • R70
  • S4
  • U5
  • U7
  • U9

The night routes to be affected are:

  • N3
  • N27
  • N63
  • N68
  • N109
  • N207
  • N381

Finally, the 24-hour routes set to be disrupted by strike action are:

  • 24
  • 111
  • 159
  • 285
  • 344
  • 345

One school route, the 671, will also be disrupted and TfL also warns: ‘Route 481 will operate but with fewer services on weekdays from 7.30am – 8am, and from 3pm – 4pm.

‘Remaining services will be busier than normal.’

It says the current pay offer ‘amounts to a further real-terms pay cut, following a decade of pay freezes and below-inflation pay awards’.

General secretary Dr Patrick Roach said of the walkouts: ‘Our members are not prepared to stand by while their pay dwindles and their living costs rise.

‘The government and employers will need to bring forward a substantially improved pay offer if they want to see an end to this dispute.’

There is also further bus strike action planned throughout the month, with another day of action on Thursday.

They will also strike on Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26.

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