London (EFE).- Half a million workers in the United Kingdom, including teachers, university staff, train and bus drivers, are called to support this Wednesday the biggest strike in a decade to demand better wages.
Although the country has experienced several days of strikes in recent months, today’s is the most important due to the number of employees affected and the variety of sectors that are called.
Rishi Sunak’s conservative government has acknowledged that there will be problems due to the extent of the stoppages, as members of seven unions have voted to go on strike.
Schools forced to close due to lack of staff
Thousands of schools have been forced to close this Wednesday due to lack of staff, which has created difficulties for many parents, forced to take the day off or telework.
Since this morning, pickets have been set up outside railway stations, primary and secondary schools, government departments and universities across the country.
Likewise, the Trade Union Confederation (TUC, in English) informed today that they will deliver to the Government a letter, signed by 200,000 members of the public, in protest against a new bill, currently in parliament, which seeks to set minimum levels of services during strikes.
TUC General Secretary Paul Nowak said he hoped the protests and strikes would send a strong message to the government about the anger felt by a growing number of workers.
Today, some 23,000 schools have been affected by the strike, while 100,000 civil servants from 124 government departments will not work either.
The train drivers of 14 operators are back on strike today, after they seconded similar measures in recent months.