When are the strikes in November 2022? Full list of planned train, Tube, Royal Mail and bus strikes

In 2022, strikes took place across the UK in a range of sectors and workplaces as workers demanded better wages and, in some cases, better working conditions.

The strike by Royal Mail, BT and Openreach staff on Thursday was one of the largest this year, with more than 40,000 people laying down tools.

However, further industrial action is pending as strikes are planned by railway workers and Royal Mail staff, as well as by Arriva bus workers and Stagecoach (Hull).

Here’s what we know.

When do the strikes take place?

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The Railway, Shipping and Transport Union (RMT) has organized a new round of strikes for Thursday 3rd, Saturday 5th and Monday 7th November.

The strike days also affect the days from Thursday 3 November to Tuesday 8 November.

In previous nationwide RMT strikes, around 40,000 workers walked out from more than a dozen operators. Less than a fifth of the trains ran on strike days.

Train drivers at Avanti West Coast who are members of RMT are scheduled to strike on Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 6th November in a row over rostering.

ScotRail staff, also represented by RMT, will depart on Saturday 29th October.

London Underground and Underground workers are set to go on strike on Thursday November 3 as part of a separate dispute.

Royal Mail

Employees represented by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) held 19 days of action in October and November.

The next strike is scheduled for Tuesday 25 October 2022.

According to the Royal Mail, the strike will “affect members who collect, sort, distribute and deliver parcels and letters across the UK”.

CWU members who “collect, sort, distribute and deliver” parcels and letters are to go on strike for three days from Wednesday November 2 to Friday November 4 inclusive, the Royal Mail said.

It added: “The planned strikes on Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th November involve CWU members in different sectors of our organisation, with each sector striking on different days.

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“That means most services will only be affected for a day or two during the planned strike days this week.”

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said the “significant announcement” of strikes “commensurate with the level of anger our members feel” at their treatment.

He added: “The CEO of Royal Mail Group treats postal workers like they’re stupid.

“These are the same people who have kept the country connected and brought record profits to the Royal Mail Group.

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Strikes by drivers at depots in Northfleet, Gillingham, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells in Kent continue, with action already scheduled for all of next week, Monday 24th, according to Kent Online.

Arriva said it will continue to do “everything to resolve this dispute as soon as possible”.

Unite said: “Unite members have rejected Arriva’s recent offer as it has not met their expectations.

“The strike action planned for next week will now continue unless Arriva returns with an improved offer.”

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Unite members who work for bus and coach company Stagecoach Hull have been on strike over pay since Friday 7th October.

Workers who take action include bus drivers, cleaners, engineers and commercial assistants.

The strikes are expected to last until December this year.

Last month Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “Stagecoach makes money with his fist but is offering a pay cut disguised as a raise to our members who will no longer accept poverty wages from this wealthy company.

“Unite believes if wealthy employers can pay, they should pay. The union believes it is right to challenge employers who make excessive profits by exploiting and underpaying workers. Our members will have Unite’s full support until this dispute is resolved.”

What other actions were taken?

More than 300 offshore workers have been locked in a union dispute over pay since Thursday in a 48-hour strike that resumes today.

The Unite union said the affected workers were employed by Archer, Maersk, Transocean and Odfjell.

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The labor dispute affects several North Sea facilities.

More strikes are planned for later in the year, the BBC reports.

The pay dispute affects workers covered by the United Kingdom Drilling Contractors Association (UKDCA).

RMT members who work on buses in Somerset and Cornwall are on strike Friday for better wages and working conditions.

According to the RMT union: “First Group workers are angry that many are being paid just over £11 an hour and that bosses are only offering a small premium to £12 an hour.

“The company paid out £500m to shareholders in 2021/22 and has an operating profit of £226m.”

Postal services are suspended on strike days (Photo: Maja Smiejkowska/Reuters)

What was the reaction to the strikes?

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Network Rail chief negotiator Tim Shoveller said: “An eight per cent two-year contract with discounted travel and a new extended job guarantee until January 2025 is on the table ready to be presented to our staff.

“Unfortunately, the RMT leadership seems intent on more damaging strikes rather than giving their members a voice on what we offer.

“Myself and my team remain available for serious discussions and continue to negotiate in good faith.

“Our sector has a £2billion hole in its budget with far fewer passengers using our services.”

The Royal British Legion (RBL) has said its London Poppy Day benefit event on Thursday 3 November “will not go ahead as planned” due to strike action.

RBL says it is now “urgently considering alternative arrangements to lessen the impact” of losing around £1m in money.

Up to 2,000 staff, veterans and volunteers had lined up to help with collections from 7am to 7pm at 70 locations in London’s Tube and train stations, office blocks and out on the streets.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written to RBL that the union “apparently regrets and apologizes for the disruption caused by strikes”, which he described as an “absolute last resort”.

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Royal Mail

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“Royal Mail has well-developed contingency plans in place, but we cannot fully replace the day-to-day efforts of our frontline workers.

“We will do our utmost to keep services running, but we are sorry that this planned strike action is likely to cause disruption.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “Royal Mail is losing £1million a day and needs to change faster to respond to changing customer demands. We operate in a competitive market and our customers have choices.

“Further strikes and the CWU’s opposition to the transition will only worsen our financial situation and jeopardize the long-term job security of our mail carriers and women.”

Royal Mail recently announced plans to cut 10,000 jobs by next August, blaming ongoing strikes and mounting losses at the company.

About 6,000 redundancies are part of proposals in which Royal Mail plans to cut overtime and temporary work, and to stop filling vacancies when staff leave the company.

Royal Mail also said it expects its full-year losses to reach £350m.

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A spokesman for Arriva said: “We are incredibly disappointed that Unite members have voted not to accept our latest improved and above-inflation salary offer, adding further disruption to our customers

“We urge the union to reconsider their position, act in good faith and show a real willingness to resolve this dispute for the benefit of their members and our customers.”

stagecoach hull

Matt Cranwell, chief executive of Stagecoach, East Midlands, said the strike action, which is expected to last until December this year, is jeopardizing the future of Hull’s bus network.

Unite said their members want £13 an hour, which would still make them less than their Merseyside Stagecoach staff, who earn £14 an hour, reports Hull Live.

Mr Cranwell said: “This continued strike action is harming our employees, our customers and our communities. It’s also hitting the pockets of our staff at a time when every penny counts and is now putting the future of Hull’s bus network at risk.”

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