Last week, a strike was averted when Menzies paid his wages. It has now been accepted, which also cancels next week’s strike.
The canceled strike was a small bright spot, but the UK continues to be hit by other labor actions. For example, the British Border Police launched a strike that lasted until Boxing Day. As a result, passengers will face long waits at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as some other airports in the UK. A senior border police official even suggested that some airports should be closed.
But Heathrow said on Friday that everything was working as normal and there were no delays or cancellations. Passport inspectors will strike again from December 28 to 31.
The PCS union has warned that if those two strikes do not lead to higher wages, the situation could escalate next year. One of the passport inspectors involved in the strike said that he and his colleagues are ready to continue the strike until a decision is reached. “If you can’t pay your bills and your debt mounts, what are your options?”
Nursing staff, including ambulance staff and train drivers and conductors, are set to go on strike in the UK in the future. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak insists that it is important for the government not to allow the wages of government and semi-government employees to rise too quickly. But inflation in the UK has been at its highest for months and the public appears to be on the side of the strikers.
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