Postmen, university lecturers and schoolteachers across Britain are demanding better pay amid the cost of living crisis.
Thousands of postmen, university lecturers and educators across the UK have gone on strike to demand better wages and working conditions amid the crisis in the cost of living.
In one of the largest coordinated strikes this year, picket lines were set up at post offices, universities and schools on Thursday.
Britons have suffered travel disruptions and overflowing bins in recent months as unions representing multiple industries launched successive strikes.
Lawyers, nurses, mail carriers and many others have quit their jobs to seek pay raises to match skyrocketing inflation.
Domestic utility bills and food costs have skyrocketed this year, pushing inflation to a 41-year high 11.1 percent in October.
In Scotland, most schools closed on Thursday as teachers there staged the first large-scale strike in decades.
At universities, about 70,000 academic staffers went on strike on Thursday and on November 30 they will walk out again in the largest strike of its kind in higher education. The move will affect an estimated 2.5 million students.
Meanwhile, Royal Mail employees walked out on Thursday and will do it again on Black Friday and Christmas Eve.
The latest strikes come after the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers announced on Tuesday that more than 40,000 rail workers will strike in December and January, disrupting travel for dozens of people during the busy holiday season.
The union said members will walk away for four days starting December 13 and into the first week of January.
Pubs, bars and other hospitality establishments have expressed their dismay at the latest announcement of a train strike.
“Ongoing rail strikes have had a huge impact on our hospitality industry; preventing staff from getting to work and disrupting consumers’ plans, meaning a massive drop in sales for venues across the industry,” said Kate Nicholls, CEO of the UK Hospitality Trade Organisation.
“Further strikes during the busiest time of the year for the hospitality industry will be devastating, just as everyone was looking forward to an uninterrupted Christmas period for the first time in three years,” she added.