Amid the economic crisis, the UK faces its biggest strike in 12 years

Amid the economic crisis, the UK faces its biggest strike in 12 years

Teachers, railway workers, civil servants, university professors… The United Kingdom is preparing for another day of massive strikes on Wednesday (1st), in the midst of an economic crisis fueled by inflation. In total, it is estimated that there are 500,000 people on strike in various sectors.

Teachers, railway workers, civil servants, university professors… the UK is today preparing for another day of massive strikes, in the midst of an economic crisis fueled by… Economic inflation. In total, it is estimated that there are 500,000 people on strike in various sectors.

The TUC union warned that this would be the “biggest day of strikes since 2011”.

Lockdowns will be strong throughout the day in both transportation and schools and will affect the entire economy. As a result of a domino effect, Britons, even if they are not on strike, will be forced to stay home to take care of their children due to the difficulties of traveling to work.

The British call for higher wages in the face of accelerating inflationWhich in December reached 10.5%.

There are 20,000 schools affected by the strike in England and Wales. This is the first day of mobilization in this sector, which previously announced a seven-day strike during the months of February and March.

The movement of primary and secondary teachers coincides with other segments, such as strikes called by train drivers, employees of 150 universities, and 100,000 employees in ministries, ports, and airports.

In the UK there are no general strikes, however, since the summer (in the Northern Hemisphere), almost every day there has been some interruption in the public sector.. When it's not the subway, it's trains or the post office and health services.

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Although each sector has its own demands, all are united in demanding salary increases in the face of inflation that has exceeded 10% for months, leaving many families with no other option but food banks.

100 days of Sunak's government in a paralyzed country

This great day of protests coincides with the eve of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's first 100 days in power, marked by a serious economic crisis, and with the third day… Anniversary of Britain's exit from the European Union, Which only 20% of Britons consider to be well managed.

If the Brexit referendum were held today, 56% would vote against it, according to a YouGov poll conducted in December.

This is the first time that many groups have joined the strike since 2011 and 2012, when residents protested against David Cameron's government, which was promoting pension reform.

(with France Press agency)

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