Postal workers stand on a picket line during a strike outside a sorting office in Liverpool
Postal workers stand on a picket line during a strike outside a sorting office in Liverpool, Britain, on Thursday. Photo: Reuters/PHIL NOBLE
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UK university staff, Scottish teachers, postal workers begin walkouts

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Postal workers, teachers and university staff across Britain went on strike on Thursday to demand better pay, with warnings that there will be more industrial action and widespread disruption in the run-up to Christmas.

More than 70,000 staff at British universities, teachers across Scotland and Royal Mail postal workers walked out amid a growing number of disputes as workers and businesses grapple with a cost of living crisis.

The general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), Jo Grady, said the planned three-day walkouts were the "biggest strike action in the history of higher education" due to a dispute over a pensions, working conditions and pay.

Teachers across Scotland also began the first day of strikes in almost four decades after talks on a pay deal with the Scottish government and COSLA (the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) broke down.

The Educational Institute of Scotland trade union called its members in "all of Scotland’s schools" to strike, with classes closed to pupils after months of negotiations failed to yield a satisfactory pay agreement.

A spokesperson at COSLA said the union needed to "recognize that these are extremely challenging financial times".

Royal Mail postal workers across Britain also took to the picket lines to begin strike action for two days, coinciding with the annual Black Friday sales.

The long-running pay dispute between the post and parcel company and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is one of many raging across the country, including a pay row with railway workers who have announced planned strikes over two months before and after the Christmas holiday.

Rail union leaders are due to meet the transport minister later on Thursday.

Senior government minister Michael Gove said there needed to be fruitful negotiations between employers and unions.

"My first thought is for those people who are affected by the strike action, people who, whether it's disruption to the Royal Mail or to transport, find that their everyday lives are disrupted," he told BBC TV.

"What I want to see is people able to go about their daily lives without disruption."

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Every since their queen death, England is being going down hill,under every reign of of a Charles, England has been marred in misery

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I have read all the UK papers today and did not notice any articles on university staff striking. Interesting that I find a report in JT. I think that summarises how much the British public care about the issues. The typical British citizen believes lecturers are overpaid, lazy, left-wing whingers who would benefit from exposure to the "real world". There will be no sympathy for their cause.

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England is going from crisis to crisis since too many months already, the pandemic, brexit and the war in Ukraine have not been kind, and people are in their limit, sincerely hope people get a respite already and things begin to improve soon.

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Gareth, lecturers in UK have okeish paycheck, but all the rest staff (which are the majority) are seriously underpaid.

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Interesting there's no more Minister for Brexit Opportunities portfolio.

There's obviously no need, as we enter a winter of blisscontent.

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The typical British citizen believes lecturers are overpaid, lazy, left-wing whingers who would benefit from exposure to the "real world". There will be no sympathy for their cause

Only if you're a Daily Mail reader. Normal people feel sympathy for any average folk looking to get a pay rise.

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Typically the University Chancellors (aka CEOs) are on huge salaries, 250-500,000 pounds each year, plus housing, car, travel, even some of the small, less famous places A little distribution of wealth would help.

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I wish the government would go on strike. Everything the Tories have done in power has been toxic and damaging to the UK, its economy and its citizens.

Education strikes aren't a problem. Nobody in this country has much of a future anyway, so why bother?

Sterling has been trashed leading to rampant inflation and rising mortgage rates. The economy has been trashed. The NHS is falling apart. The BBC is widely distrusted. Almost everyone is on strike or going to go on strike. The supermarket shelves have gaps as things vanish from the supply chain. Businesses close. Now we are expected to patriotically freeze in the winter because the government has spent years failing to build a green energy infrastructure. Perhaps hatred will keep us warm - hatred of the lying failures in government who completely ruined the UK in just a few years.

The one thing we have to look forward to is voting them into political oblivion at the next election. Their replacements won't be any better, but it will still feel good seeing the Tories wiped out.

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"What I want to see is people able to go about their daily lives without disruption."'

Then pay them a decent wage.

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Here comes the Winter of discontent ... again...

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Tories gotta go

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The typical British citizen believes lecturers are overpaid, lazy, left-wing whingers who would benefit from exposure to the "real world".

"I hope everyone for all eternity enjoys the same Dickensian exploitation by capitalist oligarchs as I enjoy."

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Wait until the nurses go out.

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There's a difference between Leftist Political point making, and people in need trying to be heard. In the UK, organized Unions - albeit Left aligned, have the right to vote, but they need membership support, and when the membership all feels the same way, the original reason for that Union's existence is exemplified.

Exploitation, enslavement, abuse - individually, people have no voice, but collectively they can be heard.

The UK Government is going to be in a hard-place to move out from. When times were good - they kept their jobs, however, now that times are bad, and many are loosing their own jobs around them, the UK Government should also feel the pain - there's a lot of Stupid red-tape around, and that needs to go. In order to find out how to pay a tax - I had to call 2 different departments, and neither were really clued up on it, other than the 1st one had to confirm the tax amount, and the second had to tell me the web URL for the form to download.... that's totally insane. And the telephone system is so antiquated - with long messages about stuff you don't want to hear... (starts off by saying it's a free call... oh no it isn't for an International caller!).. sorry but UK Govt falls into the category of Big Fat Government that could do with a lot of dieting / Fat (cat) trimming.

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