Because the nation braces itself for a month of chaos amid impending rail strikes, staff have discovered some solace a minimum of in having the ability to earn a living from home and never step foot within the workplace once more till the New Yr.

Somewhat than despair over the worst spell of unrest for many years amid walkouts deliberate by rail staff, nurses, ambulance employees, postal staff and airport employees amongst others over pay and the impacts of inflation and the cost-of-living disaster, many have taken to social media to truly rejoice not having to do the each day commute for the following month. 

Community Rail has warned that companies might be restricted, overcrowded or cancelled till a minimum of January 8 as RMT union members strike for 11 days over the vacation season. 

Rather than despair over the worst spell of unrest for decades amid strikes planned by rail workers over pay and conditions, many social media users are celebrating not having to do the daily commute for the next month, amid warnings trains will be disrupted until January 8

Somewhat than despair over the worst spell of unrest for many years amid strikes deliberate by rail staff over pay and situations, many social media customers are celebrating not having to do the each day commute for the following month, amid warnings trains might be disrupted till January 8

One Twitter consumer described the state of affairs as ‘a dream’, whereas @Ohheyphilz stated: ‘Practice strikes just about all week subsequent week that means I can go in as soon as then it is wfh until the brand new 12 months.’

In the meantime @just-laus jested that ‘WFH is harmful, I have not left the home since Monday and from wanting on the frost exterior now, I will not be leaving at this time both!’ 

Additionally not lamenting the state of affairs, @woolers1972 wrote: ‘The trains have all the time been terrible. Lengthy earlier than the strikes. I gave up commuting some time in the past as a result of the journey to and from work on the trains was the worst, most hectic a part of my day.


December 13 and 14

December 16 and 17,  

December 24 (Christmas Eve) 6pm to December 27, 6am

January 3 and 4

January 6 and seven 

There will even be an extra time ban throughout the railways from December 18 till January 2, which can have an effect on the variety of companies that may run.

The Nationwide Rail shouldn’t be but exhibiting which rail strains might be working companies, however stated their timetables might be up to date earlier than the strikes happen. 

The 14 prepare working firms most definitely to be affected are: 

Nice Western Railway, Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway, LNER, Larger Anglia, Cross Nation Trains, South Western, West Midlands Railway, Northern, GTR (together with Thameslink, Southern, Nice Northern and Gatwick Specific), Southeastern, c2c. 

Practice drivers’ union Aslef stated it has secured a contemporary six-month mandate for strike motion, that means it might co-ordinate strikes with the RMT.

‘Most individuals can simply earn a living from home now so strikes are the the issue they as soon as have been.’ 

In accordance with the most recent statistics from LinkedIn, one in three Londoners have been working from residence between January and March of this 12 months, equating to simply underneath two million staff.

The UK additionally stays second on this planet for the variety of work-from-home roles, simply behind the US, pointing to a shift in attitudes in the direction of versatile and residential working because the pandemic.

However @lfoley54 made the purpose that not everybody has flexibility over the place they work, posting: ‘The one folks you damage are British staff who cannot earn a living from home’

Companies in central London will even be damage from the strikes, stated @andystock22. 

‘Many outer London companies profit from strikes (sic) days, as most individuals resolve to earn a living from home. Practice strikes are a whole catastrophe for pubs & eating places in London.’

The RMT is ready to close down the railways in two 48-hour strikes from Tuesday and Friday, wrecking the plans of thousands and thousands for the weekend earlier than Christmas and costing excessive streets tons of of thousands and thousands of kilos.

Providers might be disrupted on daily basis for a minimum of a month, Community Rail warned travellers final evening.

Moreover, an unprecedented extra time ban for prepare working employees, in impact from December 18 till January 2, will result in 1000’s of extra cancellations.

RMT boss Mick Lynch has accused the Authorities of ‘torpedoing’ pay negotiations. 

However Tory MP David Jones stated: ‘The unions ought to take into account that by going for such hefty pay settlements, they won’t solely stoke inflation but in addition make Christmas depressing at greatest, and harmful at worst.’

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt made comparable feedback in an interview with the Monetary Occasions, during which he warned commerce unions to not jeopardise Britain’s restoration, noting that prime pay calls for will have an effect on the combat in opposition to inflation and harm the employees they’re making an attempt to assist.

Mr Hunt didn’t deny that ministers had blocked a attainable 10 per cent pay supply to rail staff unfold over two years.

A subsequent 8 per cent supply was instantly declined by the RMT union.

The impartial Workplace for Funds Duty believes inflation will drop to three.7 per cent within the first a part of 2024, falling from October’s 11.1 per cent.

Mr Hunt warned that this ‘very dramatic’ drop could possibly be jeopardised except unions, particularly in public companies, moderated their pay calls for.

One social media user said the cold snap combined with the impending series of train strikes has made working from home more desirable

One social media consumer stated the chilly snap mixed with the upcoming sequence of prepare strikes has made working from residence extra fascinating

Twitter user @0hheyphilz calculated they would not have to commute until the new year

Twitter consumer @0hheyphilz calculated they might not must commute till the brand new 12 months

Another user described the situation as 'a dream' as rail strikes are set to take place this week

One other consumer described the state of affairs as ‘a dream’ as rail strikes are set to happen this week

‘If we make the flawed selections now, we gained’t have that 3.7 per cent of inflation in January or February of 2024 and this can change from being a one-off downside to being a everlasting downside,’ he stated.

‘We simply must be actually cautious to not conform to pay calls for which have the alternative of the supposed impact as a result of they lock in excessive inflation.’

Rail staff usually are not the one ones placing nevertheless.  As much as 100,000 Royal School of Nursing (RCN) members will stage a walkout on Thursday for the primary time within the union’s 126-year historical past, inflicting big disruption to the NHS. 

As many as 15,000 operations could possibly be postponed subsequent week as a result of NHS walkouts. And greater than 100,000 outpatient appointments may be affected by the strikes, evaluation by The Every day Telegraph suggests. 

NHS trusts have been instructed to make sure all affected sufferers are notified of the scheduling adjustments by Tuesday. Later cancellations ought to solely happen in ‘distinctive circumstances.’

Hospitals have been additionally instructed to reschedule cancelled appointments as quickly as attainable. However the NHS’ notoriously lengthy ready lists have left some sceptical that they are going to be given new appointments quickly.

An insider advised The Every day Mail: ‘If there are strikes they are going to have an effect on sufferers. Many aren’t going to get the care and remedy they want. Unions ought to suppose once more.’ 

The RMT will shut down the railways in two 48-hour strikes from Tuesday and Friday, wrecking the plans of millions for the weekend before Christmas and costing high streets hundreds of millions of pounds

The RMT will shut down the railways in two 48-hour strikes from Tuesday and Friday, wrecking the plans of thousands and thousands for the weekend earlier than Christmas and costing excessive streets tons of of thousands and thousands of kilos

Elsewhere, Royal Mail industrial motion has already performed havoc with the Christmas publish and it’ll proceed on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Postal service bosses warned prospects that that they had simply two days to publish presents second class in time for Christmas Day. 

And a few Christmas playing cards will reportedly not be delivered till February, it was claimed. 

Nearly 100,000 nurses are set to walk out of 76 hospitals and NHS facilities this week, forcing officials to postpone 15,000 operations. Pictured: nurses protesting in London in 2017

Practically 100,000 nurses are set to stroll out of 76 hospitals and NHS amenities this week, forcing officers to postpone 15,000 operations

Subsequent week’s strikes will even lengthen to staff at Heathrow, some bus firms, Eurostar and Nationwide Highways. 

MPs concern the ‘coordinated’ disruption will forestall carers reaching the aged and drive sufferers to cancel hospital appointments. 

MailOnline takes a take a look at how your Christmas plans are set to be affected by the strikes 

Nurses – December 15, 20 

Nurses are set to stroll out of A&E and can refuse to supply remedy to most cancers sufferers for 2 days this month.

As much as 100,000 nurses will take industrial motion on Thursday, December 15, and Tuesday, December 20, in a row over pay and staffing ranges.

In a proper letter to NHS bosses, the Royal School of Nursing warned it might solely decide to offering ‘life-preserving care’ on strike days. Providers which don’t meet this standards embody hospital discharges, radiotherapy and maternity companies.

The union is demanding the Authorities supply nurses a pay rise of 17.6 per cent, which has been dismissed as ‘unaffordable’ by the Prime Minister. The default place might be that nurses will stroll out of A&Es except belief bosses persuade them they can’t ship a protected service with out them.

Nurses are required by legislation to keep up a minimal staffing degree to maintain sufferers protected.

Due to this fact, some nurses might be exempt from the strike to supply this minimal degree of service. The precise numbers remaining on the job might be negotiated domestically between the RCN and every NHS Belief/Board.

Earlier strikes by NHS employees have led to the cancellation of non-emergency ops and appointments. In case your appointment is already scheduled for days the place motion takes place, it could possibly be cancelled as a result of it’s most likely not categorized as pressing. Whether or not a person appointment is axed or not will rely upon if the date falls on a strike motion day, and if nurses on the belief are strolling off the job.

One other issue is how lengthy the dispute between the Authorities and the union runs.

Some appointments not on strike days might also be delayed as a result of extra pressing procedures cancelled should be prioritised.

The RCN handbook says nursing provision throughout the strike ought to be equal to the skeleton staffing for Christmas Day, though the NHS says it has well-tested procedures to restrict disruption.

Emergency nurses in A&E and intensive care will preserve working, as will district nurses who assist aged folks locally. Different exemptions might be negotiated at a neighborhood degree.

Ambulance staff – December 21, 28

GMB, Unite and Unison confirmed their members will stroll out from 9 of England’s ten ambulance companies, plus Wales, on December 21. The one NHS ambulance belief unaffected might be East of England. Ambulance staff represented by GMB will even strike on December 28.

The GMB members will strike on the:

  • South West Ambulance Service;
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service;
  • North West Ambulance Service;
  • South Central Ambulance Service;
  • North East Ambulance Service;
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service;
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service;
  • Welsh Ambulance Service; and
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

NHS ambulance trusts affected by strike motion will draw up plans detailing the variety of employees they consider they want on to be able to present ‘life and limb’ cowl. These might be offered to unions with particulars prone to be confirmed over the following week. Unions anticipate the extent of canopy requested by some trusts could possibly be increased than that supplied on some non-strike days, given underlying employees shortages.

Unison, Unite and GMB will agree amongst themselves which employees do and don’t work. The Military could also be introduced in to drive ambulances if wanted.

Sufferers dialling 999 might face an extended wait to get by way of to a name handler however calls might be diverted to different areas if essential to restrict delays.

Calls might be triaged as ordinary, with unions pledging to reply to ‘life and limb’ calls. Class one calls embody ‘life-threatening’ accidents and sicknesses, together with incidents the place a affected person’s coronary heart has stopped or they don’t seem to be respiration. Class two calls are ’emergency’ calls, corresponding to coronary heart assaults and strokes.

These with much less crucial sicknesses might not obtain an ambulance response and could possibly be advised to make their very own method to hospital or to hunt care elsewhere.

Sufferers who depend on NHS ambulance companies to move them to hospital appointments might also be compelled to make different journey preparations.

Considerations have been raised that aged folks ‘might effectively die’ if there isn’t a cowl for journeys and falls throughout ambulance strikes.

Well being Secretary Steve Barclay stated there was ‘nonetheless a query’ over whether or not ambulance companies would cowl all emergency callouts throughout strikes. He stated officers deliberate to fulfill on Thursday to debate protection of class two callouts – which cowl coronary heart assaults, strokes, epilepsy and burns.

However the minister advised Sky Information that falls tended to come back underneath a class three emergency and ‘for the time being the commerce unions are saying these issues would not be coated’ however ‘the indication from the commerce unions’ is that situations corresponding to coronary heart assaults might be coated.

Street upkeep – December 16-17, 22-25, 30-31, January 3-4, 6-7

PCS members engaged on England’s highways have introduced 12 days’ strike motion over Christmas and the New Yr.

The Nationwide Highways staff, who plan, design, construct, function and keep the nation’s roads, will participate in a sequence of staggered strikes from 16 December to 7 January.

The motion, which dangers bringing the street community to a standstill, will coincide with deliberate strikes by RMT members on the railways.

PCS Common Secretary Mark Serwotka stated: ‘We all know our members’ motion might inconvenience travellers who plan to go to their relations over the festive interval, however our members have been positioned on this state of affairs by a authorities that will not hearken to its personal workforce.

‘With the intense cost-of-living disaster they need to be paid correctly for the essential work they do, holding our roads working protected and free. The federal government is within the driving seat right here – it is ready to cease these strikes by placing cash on the desk.’

Bus staff – December 9-10, 15-17, 23-24

Nearly 1,000 bus drivers employed by Abellio will strike on December 9, 10, 16 and 17.

The motion will primarily have an effect on buses in south and west London. Putting staff might be from depots in Battersea, Beddington, Hayes, Southall, Twickenham and Walworth. 

A number of the bus strikes have been known as off. 

Unite stated its members, employed by Metroline, have accepted an 11% pay improve, which the union stated was a ‘important enchancment’ on the 4% drivers have been initially supplied.

On account of the employees accepting the improved supply, the deliberate strike motion for later this month has been known as off.

Unite basic secretary Sharon Graham stated: ‘It is a important victory for our members at Metroline who by standing collectively and being ready to take industrial motion, have secured a drastically improved pay supply.

‘This pay deal exemplifies how Unite’s dedication to all the time prioritise the roles, pay and situations of its members is delivering noteworthy monetary dividends.’

Unite regional officer Laura Johnson stated: ‘From the outset, Unite members have been conscious that Metroline might afford a greater pay rise than it was providing and as soon as our members introduced strike motion, contemporary negotiations have been held and an improved supply was made.’

Border Power employees – December 23-26, 28-31 

Round 1,000 Border Power staff at main airports will go on strike from December 23 to 26 and 28 to 31, the Public and Business Providers (PCS) union stated.

In accordance with figures compiled by flight information consultants Cirium, round 2million passengers on 10,000 flights are anticipated to reach on the airports over Border Power strike interval.

RAF personnel have began coaching at Heathrow Airport to step in for placing guards.

The Border Power is accountable, on behalf of the House Workplace, for passport management checks in any respect UK airports. However RAF personnel who’re accustomed to checking journey documentation and questioning passengers will step in.

Coaching started this week, with troops seen shadowing immigration officers at Heathrow’s passenger terminals.

Army personnel are additionally anticipated to face in for placing ambulance drivers and postal staff.

It’s a part of contingency plans which have been drafted by a ‘strikes unit’ throughout the Cupboard Workplace.

House Secretary Suella Braverman has urged folks to rethink flying round Christmas as she warned of ‘simple, severe disruption’ for 1000’s if strikes go forward.

In an interview with broadcasters, she stated: ‘It is very regrettable that they’ve made this determination to doubtlessly strike over crucial instances within the run up and following Christmas because the New Yr.

‘In the event that they go forward with these strikes there might be simple, severe disruption prompted to many 1000’s of people that have vacation plans.

‘I actually need to urge individuals who have gotten plans to journey overseas to think twice about their plans as a result of they could be impacted.

‘We have got plans in place that may contain, to a level, bringing in a few of our navy colleagues to assist us in a wide range of roles.

‘In the end I am not prepared to compromise on safety on the border, that is the primary precedence.

‘That will effectively have an hostile affect on comfort for folks, frankly, whether or not it is the time they’ve to attend for flights, or departures, they could be delayed on arrivals and varied journey plans. In the end safety on the border is my primary non-negotiable precedence.’

Heathrow Airport baggage handlers – December 16 from 4am for 72 hours 

Passengers at Heathrow Airport will face festive chaos after baggage handlers voted to strike on the second final Friday earlier than Christmas. 

Floor handlers employed by a non-public contractor on the London airport will strike in a 72-hour row over pay, as Britain prepares itself for a ‘winter of discontent’. 

There might be round 350 members of Unite who work for Menzies that may stroll out from 4am on Friday December 16.

Passengers have been warned that extra journey chaos looms because the union confirmed that their motion will result in some flight disruption. It’ll come as colleges break up for Christmas and households look to flee the capital for the festive interval.

Common secretary Sharon Graham stated: ‘Menzies must have an extended, onerous take a look at itself.

‘It is a extremely profitable firm, which has made a good pay supply to at least one group of its staff however is not ready to make the same supply to its floor handlers.

‘Unite is completely devoted to defending its members’ jobs, pay and situations.

‘Our members at Menzies will proceed to obtain the union’s full assist.’

Unite stated the bottom handlers have been supplied a flat charge improve – which it branded a real-terms pay lower.

Industrial action at Royal Mail that has already played havoc with the Christmas post will continue on Wednesday and Thursday

Industrial motion at Royal Mail that has already performed havoc with the Christmas publish will proceed on Wednesday and Thursday

Royal Mail postal – December 9, 11, 14-15, 23-24

Royal Mail staff will strike on seven days in December, together with on Christmas Eve, in an extended working dispute over pay, jobs and situations.

The employees will now stroll out on December 23 and 24, along with December 1, 9, 11, 14 and 15, the Communication Employees Union stated in an announcement, exacerbating issues that Christmas publish could possibly be severely delayed. 

Practically 99 per cent of CWU members voted in favour of strike motion after rejecting a 2 per cent pay deal. 

‘The CWU need a negotiated settlement with Royal Mail Group and can proceed to interact the corporate to that finish,’ a spokesperson stated. 

‘However these in control of Royal Mail must get up and realise we cannot enable them to destroy the livelihoods of postal staff.’  

The postal service is trying to swap from a six-days-a-week letter supply service to 5, protecting Monday to Friday solely, underneath its Common Service settlement.

The group will, nevertheless, look to keep up a seven-day parcel supply service.

Sea ports and Eurostar

The one sea port talked about within the PCS announcement setting out the placement of Border Power strikes was Newhaven, East Sussex, from the place ferry companies function to and from Dieppe, France. 

However the union nonetheless has time to disclose that the walkout will even happen in Kent, affecting the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. 

That may probably trigger extreme disruption.

Eurostar shouldn’t be affected by the Border Power walkout. However the RMT union has introduced strikes on December 16, 18, 22 and 23 for its members who’re employed as safety employees by non-public contractor Mitie at London St Pancras Worldwide. 

The union stated the strikes will ‘severely have an effect on’ cross-Channel prepare companies. Eurostar stated ‘negotiations between Mitie and the union are ongoing’.