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A wave of union strikes hits key sectors in Britain, with airport and railway workers participating |  news

A wave of union strikes hits key sectors in Britain, with airport and railway workers participating | news

Hundreds of ground staff went on strike at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday.

According to Bloomberg News, estimates by a panel of economists show that the country has now seen the highest number of strikes since the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s era in power between 1979 and 1990.

Railway workers, nurses, ambulance drivers, postal workers, bus drivers and civil servants are among those who have gone on strike to demand a pay rise in the face of the rising cost of living.

Today, around 40,000 train drivers and workers across the country resumed their strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.

Parts of south and west London are also seeing a partial strike by public transport bus drivers. Highways workers are on strike in other cities in the north of England.

Nurses across the country went on strike yesterday in what was the biggest strike in the history of the National Health Authority, which began nearly seven decades ago.

Nurses went on strike in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while the union confederation in Scotland decided to call off participation in the strike after successful negotiations with the provincial government.

The rate of inflation in the United Kingdom, in the latest reading, reached 10.7%, and although most of the disputes related to this have continued for several months, the unions are planning to organize serious strikes before Christmas ( Christmas).

Capital Economics predicts about 1.5 million workdays will be lost due to strikes this December, the highest rate since July 1989.

It is estimated that more than half of the hours lost will come from Royal Mail workers.

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The Office for National Statistics said 417,000 working days were lost last October, the highest rate since 2011, but the number is significantly lower than in the 1970s and early 1980s. Millions of days of work.