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Strikes this week: FIVE industries to strike this week include postal and council workers

Kate Garraway grills Labour MP over strikes gripping the country

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  • Postal workers
  • Council cleaning staff (Scotland)
  • Council cleaning staff (England)
  • Dock workers
  • Exam boards
  • Train staff affiliated with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union set the stage in June and continued with several other scheduled walkouts through July and August. They caused a second round of widespread disruption on national rail services between August 18 and 20, when bus and London Underground staffers followed. While these caused significant interruptions, they will only serve as a precursor for even more widespread action across British society in the coming days.

    Postal workers

    The Communications Workers Union (CWU) will sponsor strikes over three days this week.

    Pay disputes between the union and the Post Office will result in nearly 120,000 staff withholding labour between August 26 and 30.

    The CWU estimates up to 2,000 Crown Office supply chain and administrative workers plan to strike, alongside another 115,000 postmen from “all parts of the UK”.

    The strikes schedule works as follows:

    • August 26: All staff
    • August 27: Crown Office staff
    • August 30: Supply chain and admin staff

    Britons will likely see their deliveries and collections affected during this time.

    The following Post Offices may be closed on Friday 26 and Saturday 27:

    • 008010 Aldwych WC2B 4JN
    • 004702 Antrim BT41 4AR
    • 003009 Baker Street W1U 6SG
    • 003704 Bangor BT20 4AQ
    • 008422 Barnes Green M9 4DL
    • 031005 Barnet EN5 5UU
    • 011704 Belfast City BT1 1LT
    • 005925 Bexhill On Sea TN40 1AA
    • 008519 Bideford EX39 2EX
    • 013201 Birmingham B2 4AA
    • 006321 Bransholme HU7 4JF
    • 005420 Breck Road L5 6SW
    • 007337 Bridlington YO15 2AA
    • 029008 Brixton SW9 8BQ
    • 010011 Broadway SW1H 0AX
    • 008604 Caernarfon LL55 2ND
    • 008113 Cambridge City CB2 3AA
    • 007002 Canning Town E16 1HF
    • 003313 Chester Le Street DH3 3AA
    • 030003 City of London EC3M 1AJ
    • 005008 Clapham Common SW4 7ST
    • 003937 Cosham PO6 3EH
    • 005005 Cricklewood NW2 3HR
    • 032323 Crossgates LS15 8QS
    • 010136 Dereham NR19 2AA
    • 064422 Didsbury Village M20 6RJ
    • 018611 Dunraven Place CF31 1AB
    • 010007 East Dulwich SE22 8HH
    • 018422 Eccles M30 0NS
    • 002011 Eccleston Street SW1W 9LS
    • 025824 Edinburgh City EH1 1BQ
    • 010418 Furness House LA14 1LE
    • 054832 Glasgow G1 2RD
    • 014523 Gloucester GL1 1AD
    • 008005 Golders Green NW11 8RT
    • 006009 Great Portland Street W1W 7NE
    • 012311 Grimsby DN31 1AA
    • 023824 Haddington EH41 3UU
    • 009005 Hampstead NW3 1QL
    • 010005 Harlesden NW10 4RU
    • 008026 Harold Hill RM3 8EJ
    • 004010 High Holborn WC1V 7RL
    • 009013 High Street (10) CR9 1HT
    • 004003 Houndsditch E1 7BS
    • 005432 Hyde SK14 2QU
    • 002840 Inverness IV1 1AX
    • 031004 Islington N1 1US
    • 005418 Kendal LA9 4AA
    • 016007 Kennington Park SE11 4QA
    • 012006 Kensington W8 7RG
    • 005226 Kettering NN16 8AA
    • 015005 Kilburn NW6 6JG
    • 016005 Kingsbury NW9 9DU
    • 013002 Kingsland High Street E8 2NX
    • 002845 Kirkwall KW15 1DD
    • 011008 Knightsbridge SW7 1DL
    • 007406 Leigh WN7 1AA
    • 004134 Leighton Buzzard LU7 1AA
    • 016539 Liskeard PL14 6AA
    • 006007 London Bridge SE1 9SF
    • 004711 Londonderry BT48 6BU
    • 012004 Lower Edmonton N9 0TX
    • 007011 Lupus Street SW1V 3EW
    • 003422 Manchester M2 1BB
    • 011207 Matlock DE4 3AA
    • 006907 Melville Road BN3 1UB
    • 025611 Merthyr Tydfil CF47 0AB
    • 010109 Milton Keynes MK9 3PU
    • 004418 Morecambe LA4 4AA
    • 008323 Morley LS27 8TB
    • 026003 Mount Pleasant EC1R 4SQ
    • 004539 Mutley PL4 6LL
    • 022511 Nailsea BS48 1RA
    • 009555 Newquay TR7 1BU
    • 010704 Newtownards BT23 4JA
    • 026020 Northolt UB5 5AA
    • 029420 Old Swan L13 3BU
    • 009641 Oswestry SY11 1AG
    • 014137 Oxford OX1 1ZZ
    • 005006 Paddington Quay W2 1JE
    • 004552 Paignton TQ3 3EX
    • 013642 Port Talbot SA13 1NG
    • 010937 Portsmouth PO1 1AB
    • 007405 Poulton Le Fylde FY6 7BB
    • 046422 Prestwich M25 3NS
    • 011001 Raynes Park SW20 0LL
    • 009246 Redditch B98 8AB
    • 004002 Roman Road E2 0RX
    • 007546 Romsey SO51 8WA
    • 009340 Rotherham S60 1PJ
    • 043422 Salford City M6 5DS
    • 009843 Saltcoats KA21 5EX
    • 016340 Sheffield City S1 2AX
    • 017026 South Ockendon RM15 5EB
    • 026329 South Shields NE33 1HT
    • 027020 Southall UB1 1PY
    • 043832 Springburn Way G21 1BU
    • 009323 St Johns LS2 8LP
    • 010033 St Peters Street AL1 3AA
    • 004230 Stamford PE9 2EY
    • 019004 Stamford Hill N16 6TW
    • 009432 Stockport SK1 1QF
    • 003869 Stornoway HS1 2AD
    • 008523 Stroud GL5 3AA
    • 005343 Sunderland City SR1 1RR
    • 007552 Teignmouth TQ14 8AA
    • 014323 The Markets LS2 7DZ
    • 006011 Vauxhall Bridge Road SW1V 2ST
    • 016020 Wealdstone HA3 5QL
    • 013508 Westbourne BH4 9AP
    • 018824 Wester Hailes EH14 2SW
    • 008946 Windsor SL4 1AA
    • 004008 Worlds End SW3 5EX
    • 025511 Yate Sodbury BS37 4DG

    Council cleaning staff (Scotland)

    Cleaning staff in Edinburgh kicked off council strikes earlier this month when they voted to strike on August 18.

    Hundreds of GMB and Unite members have left bins overflowing on the Scottish city’s streets for nearly a week.

    Their action will last another six days until August 30, impacting those employed by waste and recycling services.

    Another 13 councils joined the action today, including:

    • Aberdeen
    • Angus
    • Dundee
    • East Ayrshire
    • East Renfrewshire
    • Edinburgh
    • Falkirk
    • Glasgow
    • Highland
    • Inverclyde
    • South Ayrshire
    • South Lanarkshire
    • West Lothian

    The following six will follow from August 26:

    • Aberdeenshire
    • North Lanarkshire
    • Stirling
    • Midlothian
    • Orkney
    • Perth and Kinross

    Council cleaning staff (England)

    English bin collection workers in east London will follow their example this coming Saturday.

    Unite said approximately 130 members working with Newham Council have voted to strike from August 27 to September 3.

    Striking workers will include sweepers, loaders and drivers over that week as they dispute pay.

    Workers “did not feel recognised” and hope for a 10 percent pay rise to counteract inflation.

    Dock workers

    Dock workers at Felixstowe container port, the largest in the UK, started striking last week.

    Approximately 1,900 staff have opted to continue until next week as Unite backs their bid for a 10 percent pay rise.

    The strikes will include crane drivers, machine operators, and stevedores until August 29.

    The action will last until August 29, eight days after the walkouts began on August 21.

    According to Unite, the lone port handles approximately 48 percent of the country’s container trade and employs 2,550 people.

    Exam boards

    Exam board staff have announced a second strike this week to coincide with GCSE results day.

    Unison will represent workers from August 24 to 28 this week during their fourth round of industrial action.

    The union said board staff dispute pay and fire and rehire threats, with senior managers unwilling to move from a three percent pay rise.

    While the strikes won’t prevent GCSE students from claiming their long-awaited exam results, they will have less support on August 25.

    The 180 striking workers include customer service staff who usually field advice to students and parents over the phone.

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