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UK teachers and civil servants join mass strike over cost of living

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Around half a million British teachers, civil servants, and train drivers went on strike on Wednesday over pay. Cost of living concerns, inflation, and anti-strike legislation bill cited as motivation for strikes.

Where: Britain

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On February 1, up to half a million British teachers, civil servants, and train drivers walked out over issues with pay in the UK’s largest civil strike action for over a decade.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union reported that 69% of its members are participating in the strike.
The strike signals a significant escalation of industrial action after a month of strikes over pay, pensions, redundancy terms, and job security.
“As the cost-of-living crisis worsens, with inflation at nearly 11%, members are saying they’ve had enough of being treated appallingly,” reads a PCS statement.
The strikes come in the wake of the introduction of an anti-strike legislation bill by the government to “enforce minimum service levels” across key public services.
“One school closure is too many, and it remains deeply disappointing that the NEU proceeded with this disruptive action,” said Gillian Keegan, the UK’s Secretary of State for Education.

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