All the strikes you need to know about right now


Unless you've been hibernating for the last few weeks, we're sure you'll be all too aware that there's a whole load of strikes under way at the moment.

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Okay, so we know that thousands of workers are striking. We know it's hitting the rail, post and airline industries in the run-up to Christmas. And we also know the disputes have flared over things like jobs, pay, pensions and safety.

But what exactly is happening with each dispute? Yep, we're slightly confused by the drama too. So, here are all the deets we need.

Post Office

Members of the Communication Workers Union
(Jonathan Brady/PA)

Thousands of members of the Communication Workers Union have walked out at Post Offices across the country and will also strike on Tuesday and on Christmas Eve. They are protesting at job losses, the closure of their final salary pension scheme and the franchising of services from Crown offices to firms such as WH Smith.

Union members who deliver cash to Post Offices will strike on Thursday and Friday in the same dispute. Previous strikes have been held, and further industrial action in the new year is not being ruled out.

Southern Railway

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are striking on Monday and Tuesday in a long-running dispute over changes to the role of guards, which has led to a series of walkouts this year.

Members of the drivers' union Aslef are banning overtime, so the combination of the two unions' action caused delays and cancellations to services on Monday.

British Airways

(Steve Parsons/PA)

BA cabin crew are planning to strike on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in a row over pay.

The Unite union says workers who have joined the airline since 2010 as part of the so-called Mixed Fleet are on less pay than other staff.

Talks aimed at resolving the row were being held on Monday at the conciliation service Acas.


baggage handlers unloading a plane at Manchester Airport
(Dave Thompson/PA)

Employees working as baggage handlers and other ground staff at 18 airports are set to strike on Friday and Christmas Eve in a pay dispute. Talks will be held at Acas on Tuesday.

Virgin Atlantic

 a Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus
(Steve Parsons/PA)

Pilots belonging to the PPU union will start a "work to contract" from Friday in a row over union recognition.

London Underground

a London Underground sign against the night sky
(Yui Mok/PA)

Workers in the RMT and TSSA unions are banning overtime in a dispute over jobs and ticket office closures.

So, there you go. Don't know about you, but we feel totally in the know about the strikes now.