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Strike dates: All the industrial action happening in February

Most unions are demanding above inflation payrises. Credit: PA

The wave of industrial unrest that emerged at the end of 2022 looks set to intensify as 2023 sets in, with February gearing up to see the largest strikes in years.

A national day of action was declared by many unions for February 1, with train drivers, teachers and civil servants all walking out of their roles. On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of workers walked out on what has been the biggest day of industrial action in more than a decade.

The rest of the month doesn't look much better with numerous strikes taking place each week.

So far, the government has been reluctant to budge when it comes to pay, and unions look set to continue striking in March.

Here are the upcoming strike dates for February:

Wednesday February 1

  • Around 100,000 civil servants will stage a 24-hour strike by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union. It involves public servants in areas such as government ministries, driving test centres, museums, ports and airports.

  • All eligible members of the National Education Union (NEU) in England and Wales will strike.

  • Train drivers at Aslef and Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers at 14 train operators will walk out of their jobs, halting trains across more than a dozen lines.

  • More than 70,000 staff at 150 universities will strike as part of action by the University and College Union (UCU).

Friday February 3

  • Second day of strikes by train drivers who are part of Aslef and RMT.

Monday February 6

  • RCN nurses will strike for 12 hours on February 6.

  • GMB members, including paramedics, emergency care assistants, call handlers and other staff, will stage a walk out.

  • Ambulance workers from the Unite union will head to picket lines across the following trusts: West Midlands, East Midlands, North West, North East and Wales.

Tuesday February 7

  • RCN nurses will strike for 12 hours on February 7.

Wednesday February 8

  • Environment agency workers will take part in 12-hours of industrial action

Thursday February 9

  • Industrial action called by the CSP Council means NHS physiotherapy staff will go on strike.

  • Second strike by UCU members across universities across the UK

Friday February 10

  • Third strike by university staff

  • Unison has confirmed that ambulance workers in London, Yorkshire, the South West, North East and North West will walk out over pay

Tuesday February 14

  • All eligible members of the National Education Union (NEU) in Wales will strike.

  • First of this week's walk outs by UCU members, affecting 150 universities.

Wednesday February 15

  • UCU university staff members walk out again

Thursday February 16

  • Health and social care workers from Unite will begin the first of two planned 48-hour strikes across Northern Ireland.

  • Ambulance workers attached to Unite in Northern Ireland will also begin the first of two 48-hour strikes in February.

  • University staff strike to remain out on strike

Friday February 17

  • Strike action by ambulance and health and social care workers in Northern Ireland will continue.

  • Border Force officers in major ports to strike during half-term

Saturday February 18

  • Border Force staff will continue to strike

Sunday February 19

  • Border Force industrial action continues for a third day

Monday February 20

  • GMB members, including paramedics, emergency care assistants, call handlers and other staff, will stage a walk out.

  • Further strikes by Unite ambulance workers across trusts in the North East, East Midlands and Wales.

  • Border Force staff continue to strike

Tuesday February 21

  • UCU university staff resume their series of strikes

Wednesday February 22

  • Industrial action begins for ambulance workers (Unite) in the North West of England.

  • University staff walk out for second consecutive day.

Thursday February 23

  • Second 48-hour strike by health and social care workers from the Unite union begins in Northern Ireland.

  • Unite ambulance workers in Northern Ireland will similarly stage the second of their 48-hour strikes.

  • UCU members continue their strike at universities across the UK.

Friday February 24

  • Strike action by ambulance and health and social care workers in Northern Ireland will continue.

Monday February 27

  • UCU members strike across 150 universities enters fifth week

Tuesday February 28

  • All eligible members of the NEU in the Northern, North West, Yorkshire and The Humber regions in England will strike.

  • The NASUWT and EIS teaching unions in Scotland will walk out.

  • Staff across 150 universities in the UK walk out for final time in February - but strikes will continue into March, the UCU said.


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