December 2022 strikes: when are the planned strikes for Royal Mail, NHS and Network Rail

Britain is facing a wave of strikes this month, with at least one strike a day before Christmas.

Militant union bosses have locked the country on a “prolonged industrial action program” that will cause disruption in a number of different sectors.

In December there is a wave of strikes in various sectors


In December there is a wave of strikes in various sectorsPhoto credit: Rex

Who is on strike in December 2022?

Thousands of people from different industries will go on strike this winter.

Sectors that have confirmed strike dates include transport, postal services and the NHS.

Other industries are about to go on strike as well.

Those planning strikes include the Fire Brigades Union and the PCS, representing officials including Border Patrol officers, Passport Office employees and National Highways employees.

What days are the strikes scheduled for?

In December, in the run-up to Christmas, strikes are expected to take place almost every day of the month.

Here’s a look at the days when strike action is due to take place and which sectors are withdrawing.

Friday December 9th

Communication Workers Union (CWU) members face their first day of strikes.

They have informed Royal Mail that they are calling on their members who collect, sort and deliver parcels and letters to go on strike for four days.

Sunday December 11th

Postal services will be suspended again as members of the CWU will complete a second day of strike.

RMT members will also exit, but the measures will only affect Avanti West Coast, according to National Rail.

Monday 12 December

There will be more RMT actions that will again only affect the Avanti West Shoreline.

A strike by Unison members in Northern Ireland will also take place across ambulances and other NHS services.

Tuesday December 13th

Thousands of RMT union members who work for Network Rail and 14 railway companies will go on strike.

Also among those disembarking are the signals staff, whose absence is likely to cause major disruption along the main routes, while no trains will run on smaller routes.

TSSA union workers will also go on strike over their ongoing national rail dispute.

Labor disputes that day will affect Avanti West Coast lines.

Wednesday, 12/14

Several strikes are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 14 December.

The disruption will again affect postal services as the CWU union calls its members to strike for the third time this month.

As members of the RMT union, strikes will again take place throughout the transport sector.

Thursday 15 December

Thursday 15 December is the last day that the CWU union informed Royal Mail of the nationwide strike action.

The day will also see up to 10,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) union, who work for NHS employers in England, on strike.

They will strike at 53 NHS organizations in England, where the legal mandate for strike action was secured earlier this month.

Friday, December 16th

Security personnel who work for Eurostar and are members of the RMT will begin the first of four days of strikes in the run up to Christmas.

However, a line break is not to be expected.

Action is also expected from RMT members who work for Network Rail and 14 railway companies.

Saturday, 12/17

TSSA members who work for c2c, which serves more than two dozen stations between east London and South Essex, will go on strike.

RMT members who work for Network Rail and 14 rail companies are also said to be on strike.

TSSA members on Avanti West Coast lines will also take action.

Sunday 18 December

On that day, RMT will impose a railroad-wide ban on overtime.

This is scheduled to run until January 2, meaning RMT will take industrial action for four weeks.

Tuesday, December 20th

Nurses from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are said to be on strike again.

Strike action involving ambulances and other health workers is also possible during union talks.

Thursday 22 December

Those employed as cleaners who are members of the RMT union will start their first strike at companies like Avanti.

Services are unlikely to be interrupted.

Eurostar security personnel will also go on strike.

Friday, 12/23

More transport strikes are also expected on Friday 23 December, with members of the Unite union set to take action – this will only affect the East Midlands Railway.

The Eurostar security staff and the cleaning staff of several railway companies also become active.

Saturday, December 24th

Unite members plan to strike again – again this will only result in disruption to the East Midlands line.

Saturday, December 31st

At the end of the month, RMT members employed as cleaners for various transport companies will take industrial action.

Why are there strikes?


Members of the Royal College of Nursing will go on strike for the first time ever after the government failed to commit to formal salary negotiations after a five-day deadline that expired in November.

Thousands of nurses are demanding a 5% increase above inflation and better working conditions.

RCN Secretary General and Chief Executive Pat Cullen said: “Ministers have rejected my offer of formal wage negotiations, opting instead for a strike. We were left with no choice but to announce where our members will be striking in December.

“We defend our profession and our patients. We are tired of being taken for granted and not being able to provide patients with the care they deserve.

“Ministers still have the power and the means to stop this by starting negotiations that address our serious concerns about patient safety and fair pay.”

Royal Mail

Communication Workers Union (CWU) members are demanding a pay rise to match the rising cost of living.

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward previously said: “Posties are in the fight of their lives against the uberisation of Royal Mail and the destruction of its terms.

“But 115,000 of our members will not simply accept this war on their livelihoods and their industry.”

In a statement ahead of the strikes, Royal Mail said: “We urge the CWU leadership to accept the offer of amendment and payment and to cancel any future damaging strike action for the benefit of our customers and our staff.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused by the CWU’s continued strike action. We are doing everything we can to minimize delays and keep people, businesses and land connected.”

network rail

There are several disputes involving many employers, including Network Rail and 14 other transport companies.

Four unions are involved, including RMT, Aslef, Unite and the TSSA.

The transport sector began strikes for the first time in the summer.

Ongoing disputes concern wage conditions, jobs, in particular the prospect of redundancies, and working conditions.

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT union, said: “This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and working conditions for our people.

“We’ve been reasonable, but it’s impossible to find a negotiated solution when the government’s dead hand is guiding these talks.”

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He has also accused Transport Secretary Mark Harper of blocking a proposed deal.

The Department of Transport (DfT) rejects this claim. December 2022 strikes: when are the planned strikes for Royal Mail, NHS and Network Rail


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