Who’s on strike today and how will it affect you? Daily update for December 19


FOR MIDNIGHT: Who?s on strike today and how will it affect you? Daily update for December 19

Driving examiners are on strike today across the UK (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Nurses, health staff, bus drivers and rail employees have all embarked on strike action over the last week.

However today – Monday – there is only industry staging walk outs in protest over working conditions.

Driving examiners are again downing tools today after several consecutive days of action.

Some driving tests might be affected – with people urged to check the Government’s website for more information.

The strike action is part of national industrial action by the  Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 Border Force staff belonging to the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) are taking part in strike action over eight days of the festive period.

Six airports across the country are affected.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/Shutterstock (13669707y) NHS nurses hold placards expressing their opinion during a protest outside St. Thomas' Hospital in central London on day one of the two strikes taking place this month. Thousands of nurses across the country are striking in a dispute over pay and working conditions, making it the largest strike in NHS history. Due to the industrial action, number of routine operations have been cancelled. NHS Nurses go on strike for the first time in its 106-year history in London - 15 Dec 2022

NHS nurses went on strike last week (Picture: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/Shutterstock)

Border Force strike 'will be a risk to national security' as rapidly-trained military step in

Border Force strikes have been deemed ‘a risk to national security’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Army personnel and government staff will be drafted in to check passports at arrivals halls during further walkouts between December 23 and New Year’s Eve. 

The decision has sparked outrage among members of a different union – The Union for Borders, Immigration and Customs (ISU) – which is not taking part in this month’s industrial action.

Lucy Moreton, professional officer at the ISU, said: ‘Historically, we have been in existence 40 years and only taken strike action three times over that period.

‘Generally, our membership is not very militant but they are also massively committed to national security. 

‘We all know from previous experience the damage that striking does to national security. In this instance, 3,000 military personnel have been trained to keep the borders open but the training they have been given is less than half of what we would give our temporary contingency workforce.

‘They can never replace a fully-trained Border Officer.’

While today may seem quiet in comparison to the wave of strike action over the last week – plenty more protests are yet to come.

Ambulance staff, highway workers and rail employees will all strike over the next week.

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