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STRIKING SEASON: Mass strikes threaten Stanmore residents with winter of discontent

 Published on: 10th December 2022   |   By: Jacob Collick   |   Category: Uncategorized

Stanmore residents face disruption this winter as several key unions plan to hold strikes over the Christmas period and into January.

This includes staff at Stanmore’s Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Up to 100,000 nursing staff who are members of the Royal College of Nursing will strike on December 15 and 20, walking out at hospitals in a dispute that could last until spring.

Train passengers will be among those affected, as more than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) will strike across Network Rail and 14 other train operating companies.

Alongside a ban on overtime across the railways from December 18 until January 2, which is expected to cause delays, RMT members are striking on December 16 and 17, from 6pm on Christmas Eve until 7am on December 27, and on January 3, 4, 6 and 7.

Security staff on the Eurostar are also set to go on strike on December 16, 18, 22 and 23, which is expected to affect Eurostar services close to Christmas.

Royal Mail workers have announced a strike on December 23 and 24 after the Communication Workers Union rejected a reported nine per cent pay deal. CWU say they rejected the deal due to the less than inflation rise in pay, alongside other changes they called “unacceptable” that they claim would turn the Royal Mail into an “Uber-style gig economy company”.

Some driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union are planning to take strike action during December and January, including some at the nearby Mill Hill testing centre.

London is expected to be affected between Wednesday, January 4, and Tuesday, January 10. This should not affect theory tests or driving tests booked with private providers.

PCS has also announced that Border Force staff at Heathrow, Gatwick and elsewhere are to strike. Around 1,000 staff are expected to walk out between December 23 and New Year’s Eve.

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