Working days lost to strikes hits 30-year high

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1.6m working days were lost in six months, the most since 1990.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on the picket line outside St Thomas' Hospital, central London,
Royal College of Nursing members on a picket line outside St Thomas’s Hospital in London last month CREDIT: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

More days have been lost to strikes since June than any six month period for more than three decades, official figures show.

More than 1.6m working days have been lost in the UK over the period – the highest since May 1990, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Britain lost 467,000 days to strike action in November alone, the highest number since November 2011. Darren Morgan, ONS director of economic statistics, said: “The number of days lost to strikes rose again in November, with the main areas being affected transport and communications, and education.

“The period since June has now seen more days lost than in any six months for over 30 years.” 

Rishi Sunak is coming under growing pressure to try to resolve pay disputes with hundreds of thousands of workers following months of strikes that have caused widespread disruption. Britain is seen facing further disruption after teachers in England and Wales announced strikes for February and March, joining nursesrail workers, postal staff and others in staging industrial action.


Working days lost to strikes hits 30-year high

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