Teachers and civil workers join strike on ‘Walkout Wednesday’ across UK

Teachers and civil workers join strike on 'Walkout Wednesday' across UK.
Teachers and civil workers join strike on 'Walkout Wednesday' across UK. Photo by Matt Gibson Shutterstock.com

Over half a million teachers, civil workers and train drivers stage major coordinated strike over pay hike in UK 

A mass strike across the UK saw teachers, civil servants and train drivers walk out over their pay.  

The strike which took place on Wednesday, February 1, is now being called the largest coordinated strike in a decade, as per Reuters.  

Military was put on standby to help with border checks, as schools and most railway services remained shut.  

As per estimates by unions, over 300,000 teachers participated on the day which has been dubbed ‘Walkout Wednesday’.  

Meanwhile, the strikes have been condemned by UK prime minister Rishi Sunak, as millions of children missed school. 

“I am clear that our children’s education is precious, and they deserve to be in school today being taught,” he said. 

Protesters walked on the streets of London holding placards that read “Children Deserve better” and “Save our Schools, Pay Up”.   

After several attempts to failed attempts to negotiate the pay hike by the unions, Sunak´s government continues to take its stand against the pay rise. As per the government, a large hike in salaries will further increase inflation across the UK.

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