London strikes list February 1 2023: Teachers, bus drivers, rail workers, civil servants take action

February 1 is being labelled ‘Walkout Wednesday’ and will be the biggest day of industrial action in a decade.

After months of strikes across the country, Wednesday (February 1) is expected to be the biggest day of action in a decade.

‘Walkout Wednesday’ will see action in London from teachers, university staff, civil servants and rail workers.

Unions have coordinated the day and workers will join rallies in the capital.

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NEU teachers

Members of the National Education Union (NEU), the largest teacher union, will strike in England and Wales.

Yesterday a meeting between Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and union leaders failed to reach an agreement.

The strike on February 1 is the first of seven days in February and March, and is expected to impact more than 23,000 schools in England and Wales.

The union says real-term pay cuts are leading to a “recruitment and retention crisis”.

Aslef and RMT train drivers

Aslef and RMT drivers are striking, with further action planned for Friday (February 3).

The following comanies are running no service on February 1: Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; East Midlands Railway; Gatwick Express; Great Northern; Heathrow Express; London Northwestern Railway; Northern; Southeastern; Southern; Thameslink, South Western Railway Island Line services; TransPennine Express; West Midlands Railway.

Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express), Great Western Railway, LNER are running an amended service.

TfL services will run as usual.

Abellio bus drivers

Abellio bus drivers in south and west London will stage three days of strike action this week, as part of a long running dispute over pay.

Around 1,900 Unite members employed by Abellio will stage walkouts on February 1, 2 and 3.

The union says the decision to go ahead with the strike action follows the rejection of two offers made by the employer, as they did not meet members’ expectations.

Civil servants

Around 100,000 civil servants are staging a 24-hour strike supported by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union. This affects staff at government ministries, driving test centres, ports, airports and museums.

University staff

More than 70,000 staff at 150 UK universities will walk out working with the University and College Union (UCU).