Who is on strike today? Daily update for February 17th


Workers across various industries continue to strike (Image: Metro.co.uk)

Paramedics, health and social care workers, civil servants, driving examiners and British Museum workers are on strike today.

Workers in various industries continue to strike over disputes over pay and conditions.

In February alone nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers, railway workers, taxi drivers, civil servants, lawyers and bus drivers have all attended the shopping line.

Ambulance personnel

Unite members in Northern Ireland continue to strike today as well as members from the West Midlands.

Ambulance staff includes not only paramedics, but also telephone and support staff.

As yesterday, emergency coverage is to be provided across Northern Ireland and the West Midlands to minimize disruption.

Medical and social care


Some ambulance staff across the country are on strike (Image: Getty Images)

Around 4,000 Unite union members working in the health and social care sector are continuing their 48-hour strike in Northern Ireland.

Workers staged a 24-hour strike in January but returned to the picket line again after rejecting an earlier wage offer.

Lead regional health officer for Unite in Northern Ireland, Kevin McAdam, said: “Unite’s almost 4,000 health members in Northern Ireland rejected 87% of the imposition of below-inflation pay for health workers in the region.

“In the absence of action to address our members’ pay claim, we have no alternative but to notify employers of strike action.”

Public servants


Many PCS members continue to strike (Image: Getty Images)

Civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are continuing strike action this week at Catholic credit centers across Liverpool, Stockport and Bolton.

The government plans to close more than 40 DWP offices, putting jobs at risk with workers facing the risk of redundancy.

The Union of Public and Commercial Services (PCS) says the action is a “response to the government’s lack of movement on its demands for pay, pensions and job security”.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “As long as the government shows no signs of resolving this dispute, we will show no signs of stopping the strike.

“Ministers seem to be able to find money for almost anything other than giving their own staff a decent pay rise. PCS members are tired of being taken for granted.”

The union also confirmed that around 1,000 Border Force officers will go on strike action in Dover, Calais, Cockell and Dunkirk today.

Driving examiners

PCS members working for the DVLA in the exit services team at Ty Felin and Morriston, Swansea, are continuing their strike.

They are striking for wages, pensions, jobs and redundancies.

British Museum workers

British museum

A queue outside the British Museum (Image: Shutterstock)

Staff working in visitor services and the British Museum’s security team are continuing their fifth day of shopping line strike.

Public access to the museum has been suspended this week following strikes that began on Monday.

It coincides with the half-term holidays, when many families usually visit the iconic London landmark.

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