Compiled by A Srinivasan
Throughout the world, the contradiction between the Capital and Labour is sharpened. Capitalism has failed to protect the interest of all. The gap between the rich and the poor is widened day by day. The Working class struggles are intensified everywhere in almost all the countries. The workers are on war path to protect their hard earned wages and service condition. Here some of the the struggles of the workers in UK in the month of December are listed.
About one thousand Border Force officers, employed by the Home Office, intend to strike for eight days over Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Officials checking passports for people arriving into the UK are among those striking. The officers, who are part of the Public and Commercial Services Union are striking over pay, pensions and jobs
- 10,000 ambulance workers – including paramedics, control room staff and support workers – will strike across most of England and Wales on 21 and 28 December. The walkout is called by the three main ambulance unions – Unison, GMB and Unite. All the unions have asked for above-inflation pay rises
Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are set to strike on 15 December and 20 December. The Royal College of Nurses wants a rise of 5% above the Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation – currently 14%
- Rail workers first held strikes in June, with further walkouts planned across December and January. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) wants a pay offer reflecting the rising cost of living – and a guarantee of no compulsory job losses
Royal Mail workers
Postal workers plan strikes on 9, 11, 14, 15, 23 and 24 December. Royal Mail
has offered a pay raise worth up to 9% over 18 months; but with inflation
at 11.1%, the Communication Workers Union (CMU) wants more. The CWU also objects to proposed changes on working conditions, including compulsory Sunday working.
Tens of thousands of staff at 150 UK universities walked out on three days. The University and College Union wants a pay rise worth either 2% above RPI inflation, or 12%, whichever is higher, pension benefits restored and “excessive workloads” tackled
Ground-handling staff for Menzies Aviation at Heathrow Airport will strike for 72 hours from 16 December. The Unite union says cargo workers were offered only a flat-rate increase and face a real-terms pay cut.
Driving examiners will hold rolling strikes from 13 December to 16 January.The Public and Commercial Services Union is calling for a 10% pay rise, better pensions, job security and no cuts to redundancy terms
Bus drivers in south and west London will strike on 9, 10, 16 and 17 December The Unite Union is calling for a pay rise to reflect higher cost of living