UK teachers, postal workers begin walkouts

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Postal workers, teachers and university staff across Britain have gone on strike to demand better pay, with warnings 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 quit on Thursday amid a growing number of disputes as workers and businesses grapple with a crisis in the Cost of life.

University and College Union general secretary Jo Grady said the planned three-day strikes were the “largest strike in higher education history” over a dispute over pensions, working conditions and wages.

Teachers across Scotland also began the first day of strike action in nearly four decades after talks over a pay deal broke down with the Scottish Government and COSLA (the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities).

Royal Mail postal workers across Britain also took to 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 Communications Workers Union is one of many raging across the country, including a pay dispute with railway workers who have announced strikes planned more than two months before and after the Christmas holidays.

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

Senior Government Minister Michael Gove said there needed to be successful negotiations between employers and unions.

“My first thought is for those affected by the strike, people who, whether it’s Royal Mail or transport disruptions, find their daily lives disrupted,” he told the BBC. TV.

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