The UK is bracing itself for what could be the single biggest day of strike action since the current wave of unrest began last year. 

Hundreds of thousands of workers are set to strike today across multiple sectors including teachers, Tube workers and junior doctors. 

The strikes are set to have a massive impact across the UK with tens of thousands of appointments expected to be cancelled in hospitals across England, Tube services are set to be crippled and some children will be unable to attend school. 

Here's a full list of everyone striking today:

Bournemouth Echo: The UK is bracing itself for what could be the single biggest day of strike actionThe UK is bracing itself for what could be the single biggest day of strike action (Image: PA)


Teacher strikes have been called off in previous weeks in Wales and Scotland as talks between unions and government officials have both resulted in new pay offers. 

However, in England, the dispute over pay continues with strike action by members of the National Education Union (NEU) in England set to cause "huge disruption to schools" today and tomorrow.

In a letter to the Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, yesterday, joint NEU General Secretaries Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney said they held "enormous regret" about the strike action and the effect it would have on parents and children, however, the responsibility lied with the Education Department. 

They said: "The NEU has said repeatedly that we will meet for talks any time, any place, anywhere.

"It is your (Education Department) precondition that we call off strike action in order to have talks, which lies in the way. 

"Last week, we, alongside the other education union leaders, asked for talks through ACAS in order to make progress. You refused to engage."

Bournemouth Echo: Teachers across England will be taking strike action today and tomorrow.Teachers across England will be taking strike action today and tomorrow. (Image: PA)

Dr Bousted and Mr Courtney added: "We know that there is much to discuss with you, not only on pay but workforce challenges and workload.

"Our members take very seriously the achievements of the pupils to whom they are responsible.

"That is why they will strike over the next two days with enormous regret.

"It was wholly avoidable, were it not for your insistence on a spurious precondition which cannot and should not be met."

London Underground

Bournemouth Echo: Strike action is set to have a crippling effect on Tube services in the coming daysStrike action is set to have a crippling effect on Tube services in the coming days (Image: PA)Drivers in Aslef and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will strike in a dispute over pensions and conditions.

Tube services will be crippled all day with a knock-on effect likely on Thursday morning.

The walkout follows a vote in favour of industrial action by 99% of members of Aslef on a turnout of 77% in a ballot.

Aslef members going on strike include thousands of drivers and some in management grades.

Aslef's full-time organiser on the Underground, Finn Brennan, said the strike was the fault of the Government failing to properly fund public transport in the capital, and for driving through huge savings which he maintained would lead to cuts in pensions and conditions.

Mr Brennan said: “Our members are not prepared to put up any longer with the threats to their working conditions and pensions.

“We understand that Transport for London faces financial challenges, post-pandemic, but our members are simply not prepared to pay the price for the Government’s failure to properly fund London’s public transport system."

He added: "We are always prepared to discuss and negotiate on changes, but our members want an unequivocal commitment from TfL that management will not continue to force through detrimental changes without agreement.

“Unless they are prepared to work with us, and accept that changes have to come by agreement, and bring real benefits to staff, rather than just cuts and cost savings, this will be only the first day of action in a protracted dispute.”

Health - junior doctors

Bournemouth Echo: Junior doctors have been striking since Monday.Junior doctors have been striking since Monday. (Image: PA)

Junior doctors in the British Medical Association (BMA) will strike for the third successive day in a row over pay.

Tens of thousands of appointments and operations are expected to be cancelled as a result of the 72-hour strike in England, which began on Monday morning.

More than 100,000 appointments have already been postponed this winter after nurses and other health workers took strike action in a dispute with the Government over pay, according to NHS figures.

The BMA argues that junior doctors have seen their pay fail to keep up with inflation for over a decade, leading to many emigrating or leaving the profession altogether.

Dr Rob Laurenson and Dr Vivek Trivedi, co-chairs of the BMA’s junior doctor committee, said in a statement: “We remain open to entering talks with the Government anytime and anywhere to bring this dispute to a swift resolution and restore the pay that junior doctors have lost.

Bournemouth Echo: The BMA Junior Doctors Committee has said it is open to talks.The BMA Junior Doctors Committee has said it is open to talks. (Image: PA)

“If the Health Secretary is truly committed to this, then he needs to drop these unreasonable pre-conditions and begin proper negotiations with us.

“The pre-conditions go against the very thing junior doctors are in dispute over. It begs the question; does he even understand why doctors are so angry?

“Patients and doctors want a quick end to this dispute, but it seems the Government want to prolong it.

"So, we are asking him to drop the barriers he has put in place and start talking – doctors and patients deserve nothing less.”

Junior doctors make up around 45% of the NHS’s medical workforce, and consultants and other medics have been drafted in to provide strike cover in areas such as A&E.

Hospital bosses have said that they were planning services “hour by hour” during strike action and are diverting more senior doctors, who are not on strike, to the services in “greatest clinical need”.

Civil service

Around 130,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union and thousands of civil servants in Prospect are involved in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

More than 130 Government departments, agencies and sites – including the British Museum and British Library, as well as the Border Force – will be affected.

The unions say this will be the biggest strike in the civil service for decades.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Rishi Sunak doesn’t seem to understand that the more he ignores our members’ demands for a pay rise to get them through the cost-of-living crisis, the more angry and more determined he makes them.

“PCS members are suffering a completely unacceptable decline in their pay.

"By April, one third of HMRC staff, for example, will be earning just the minimum wage.

"40,000 civil servants have used a foodbank. It’s an appalling way for the government to treat its own workforce.

“Rishi Sunak can end this dispute tomorrow if he puts more money on the table. If he refuses to do that, more action is inevitable."


More than 70,000 staff members of the University and College Union (UCU) will begin the first of three successive days of strike action across 150 universities in the UK.

The UCU is currently in negotiations with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), which represents 144 employers, via the conciliation service Acas.

Last month, UCU members staged six days of walkouts across the UK.

A further seven days of strike action planned for February and March were suspended by the UCU after progress was made in talks with employers, but UCU members are set to strike for another three days from Monday next week.

The UCU is also re-balloting its members to allow university staff to take further industrial action through the rest of the academic year if their demands are not met by employers.

BBC Journalists

Members of the National Union of Journalists at BBC Local in England will strike in protest to programme cuts.