Full list of strikes taking place today and action planned for February 2023 (2023)

Hundreds of thousands of workers are on strike today in what is the biggest day of industrial action in more than a decade.

Teachers, train drivers, civil servants and university lecturers are among those walking out, with the action set to cost the UK hundreds of millions.

Unions are battling for better pay for their members amid the cost of living crisis, with inflation now around 10 per cent.

Here is a full list of strikes taking place today, broken down by industry, and all the action planned for the rest of the month and beyond.

Who is on strike today?

Train drivers

Train drivers represented by the Aslef union are on strike on Wednesday 1 and Friday 3 February.

The action is likely to bring much of the railway network to a standstill. The following operators have confirmed they will be running no services on either day:

The following operators will be running a reduced service:

The strike is being joined by drivers who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

Trains that do run are set to start later and finish much earlier than usual – typically between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

The Rail Delivery Group has advised: “It is expected that nationally around 30 per cent of train services will run but there will be wide variations across the network – with the possibility there will be no trains in some parts of the country and other lines running a normal service.

“It is likely that evening services on some lines will be affected on the days before each strike. Morning services on those lines may also be disrupted on 2 and 4 February because much of the rolling stock will not be in the right depots.”

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The National Rail journey planner has been updated with full information on all journeys.

Those with tickets for between 1 and 3 February can use them the day before the ticket date, or up to and including Tuesday 7 February.

Passengers with advance, anytime or off-peak tickets for travel on strike days can also have their ticket refunded with no fee if the train they have booked is cancelled, delayed or rescheduled.


Wednesday will be the biggest teachers’ strike in 15 years, as staff across England and Wales walk out in co-ordinated national action.

Hundreds of thousands of members of the National Education Union (NEU) are heading to the picket lines for the first of seven days of industrial action scheduled throughout February and March in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said she expects 85 per cent of schools to either fully or partially close on Wednesday, meaning around 18,000 schools will face major disruption.

A strike map shared by the NEU on Tuesday suggested the figure could be even higher, with teachers at more than 25,000 schools across the country preparing some form of protest today.

Non-striking teachers and support staff across England and Wales will refuse to provide remote learning during walkouts in a bid to show solidarity with their striking colleagues and impose maximum pressure on the Government, i has learned.

The boycott will undermine updated Government guidance issued to schools earlier this month, which encouraged teachers to prepare remote learning plans in order to minimise disruption.

Teacher strike dates

England and Wales:

  • 1 February – national strike across England and Wales
  • 14 February – national strike across Wales
  • 28 February – regional strike in the North, North West, and Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 1 March – regional strike in the West Midlands, East Midlands and East
  • 2 March – regional strike in the South West, South East and London

If a pay deal has still not met by this time, the NEU will launch further strikes on:

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  • 15 March– national strike across England and Wales
  • 16 March – national strike across England and Wales


  • 1 February – Clackmannanshire and Aberdeen
  • 2 February – Dundee and Argyll and Bute
  • 3 February – South Lanarkshire and Western Isles
  • 6 February – Inverclyde and Shetland
  • 28 February – national strike across Scotland
  • 1 March – national strike across Scotland

The Educational Institute of Scotland is planning a second wave of rolling action from13 Marchif there is still no resolution to the dispute.

The Department for Education had said on its Education Hub blog: “In the event of strike action at a school, the school leaders or local authority that manages the school will take all reasonable steps to keep the school open for as many pupils as possible.” It has published guidance in order to “minimise disruption to children and families”.

The blog post continues: “In some schools there may be little or no impact from strike action but in others it may mean that changes are made to the way they operate.

“For example, lessons might be taught by other members of staff or classes might be brought together. If large numbers of staff strike, schools may need to restrict attendance for some pupils.”

University staff

More than 70,000 staff at 150 universities across the UK will strike for 18 days between February and March in disputes over pay, conditions and pensions, with the first strike day on Wednesday.

The University and College Union action will include academics, librarians and other university staff.

The union will also be reballoting its 70,000 members at the 150 universities in dispute to extend the union’s mandate and allow staff to take further action through the rest of the academic year.

Find a full list of the universities affected here.

Civil servants

About 100,000 civil servants will go on strike on Wednesday, the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has announced.

The action will go ahead after talks with the Government aimed at resolving a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions were dubbed a “total farce”.

Departments where staff are going on strike include the Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Health and Social Care and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, as well as organisations including the Home Office, Ofsted, Border Force and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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The PCS has called the action “the largest Civil Service strike for years”.

The Government has offered civil servants a 2 to 3 per cent pay rise, but the PCS is calling for a rise of 10 per cent, in line with inflation.

Find a full list of the affected departments here.

London bus drivers

There is ongoing strike action on Abellio bus services in London, with Transport for London (TfL) warning commuters to expect disruption. Workers are walking out again from Wednesday 1 until Friday 3 February.

Routes affected by the Abellio strike action are mostly in west and south London. TfL says: “On strike days, we will aim to run as many services as possible, but we expect disruption.”

Other services not affected by strikes will be busier than normal. On the days after strikes, a good service will be running by approximately 6am.

Louise Cheeseman, director of buses at TfL, said: “TfL will ensure as many bus services as possible run in west and south London, but they will be busier than normal. If customers need to travel, they are advised to check before they do so and leave extra time for their journeys.”

Find a full list of the affected routes here.

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What future strikes are planned?

NHS strikes

Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will strike again on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February.

The decision to strike on 6 February is designed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Robert Francis inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which highlighted the effect of nurse shortages on patient care and excess deaths.

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The February strikes will take place at 73 NHS trusts in England, compared to 44 in December and 55 in January, as well as trusts in Wales.

The RCN says on its website: “Unfairly low pay in our profession is driving chronic understaffing. It puts patients at risk and leaves nursing staff overworked, underpaid and undervalued.”

The strike is being managed to ensure patient safety, meaning that some nurses will continue to work through the action. Derogations – exemptions provided to a member or service from taking part in a walkout – have been issued so the action can follow the RCN’s “life-preserving care model”.

The RCN said: “Patient safety is always paramount. Unlike workers in many other sectors during a strike, some nursing staff continue their work. This is carefully negotiated with employers beforehand to make sure patients are safe.”

Ambulance workers will join nurses and strike on 6 February, the GMB has announced. It confirmed additional strikes on Monday 20 February, and 6 and 20 March.

The action will include paramedics, emergency care assistants and call handlers in seven of the 10 English ambulance services, along with the national Welsh service.

GMB national secretary, Rachel Harrison, said: “Ambulance workers are angry. Our message to the Government is clear – talk pay now.”

Emergency staff represented by the Unite union have announced 10 days of action and are joining the 6 February strike in what trust leaders are warning would be the “biggest ever” strike day in NHS history.

Unite members will also strike on the following dates:

  • Monday 6 Februaryin North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales
  • Thursday 16 Februaryin Northern Ireland
  • Friday 17 Februaryin West Midlands, Northern Ireland.
  • Monday 20 Februaryin East Midlands, North East and Wales
  • Wednesday 22 Februaryin North West
  • Thursday 23 Februaryin Northern Ireland
  • Friday 24 Februaryin Northern Ireland
  • Monday 6 Marchin North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales
  • Monday 20 Marchin North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales

Tube strikes

Members of Aslef working on the Bakerloo line will walk out on 4 February and again on 11 February – the first two Saturdays of the month.

They voted to strike as part of a dispute over safety, with the union objecting to a plan it says would allow trains to go into sidings and depots without a check to ensure that passengers have left the train.

Aslef dubbed the proposal “flash and dash”, warning that passengers would have to depend on hearing unreliable PA announcements on 50-year-old trains to avoid being taken into depots and sidings.

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Early-morning services are expected to run as planned on Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 February.

TfL has also warned Elizabeth Line services could be changed or cancelled at short notice throughout February, due to ongoing smaller-scale action.


Are there any rail strikes planned for february 2023? ›

Yes. The RMT has confirmed that there will be a further six months of strikes across the National Rail and the tube in 2023 following a ballot: 94 percent of its members voted to continue industrial action over pay and pensions.

Are there any more rail strikes planned? ›

Currently, no further strike dates have been announced by the RMT or Aslef.

What dates are the next rail strikes? ›

Strike action is taking place on the following dates:
  • Wednesday 1 February 2023 - various action by both the ASLEF and RMT unions.
  • Friday 3 February 2023 - various action by both the ASLEF and RMT unions.

What dates in February are the train strikes? ›

The next rail strikes are scheduled for February 1 and 3, when train drivers from the Aslef union will walk out at 15 different companies.

Will there be rail strikes in january 2023? ›

The ASLEF union of train drivers has announced that its members will strike over pay on Thursday 5 January 2023, joining their RMT counterparts in undertaking industrial action in the first week of the new year and leaving rail commuters stranded for five consecutive days.

Is the rail strike confirmed? ›

No further rail strike dates have been confirmed for the main line, London overground or underground trains but further dates are likely according to experts, as the dispute remains unsolved between bosses and workers.

What rail companies are going on strike? ›

Which train services are on strike?
  • Avanti West Coast.
  • Chiltern Railways.
  • CrossCountry.
  • East Midlands Railway.
  • Great Western Railway.
  • Greater Anglia.
  • GTR Great Northern Thameslink.
  • London North Eastern Railway.
4 days ago

What dates are the rail strike September 22? ›

Update: 9 September 2022

Train drivers will strike on Thursday September 15 and Saturday 17 September 2022 as part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions on the railway. There will also be another strike for 24 hours from midday on Monday September 26 until midday on Tuesday September 27 2022.

Are train strikes ending? ›

After disrupting rail travel throughout much of last year, train strikes are continuing into 2023. Trade unions have been calling for better pay for their members amid the cost of living crisis, with inflation now close to 11 per cent, but negotiations have been stalling for months.

How much notice do rail unions have to strike? ›

The rail industry and Government continue to engage the leadership of the trade unions, in a bid to get them to call off their hugely damaging strike action. How much notice will you give for a strike? Unions are obliged to give us at least 14 days' notice of any strike action.

Is there a post strike today? ›

There are no further strike dates currently confirmed for 2023, but the dispute between Royal Mail and the CWU shows little sign of reaching a conclusion, meaning further action is likely at this stage. Royal Mail tabled its “best and final” offer to workers in late November.

How much notice do unions have to give for strike action? ›

Unions have to give a minimum of seven days notice to a workplace where they are planning industrial action. This doubled in 2014, when the government also brought in rules requiring at least 50 per cent turnout of union members when deciding on strike action.

Are there any tube strikes next week? ›

There are currently no planned strikes on the London Underground.

Is there a rail strike on Friday 3rd February? ›

Train strikes

A number of rail firms have advised passengers not to use them to travel on Friday 3 February because no services will be running.

Is there a train strike on Friday 3rd Feb? ›

National rail strikes will take place on Wednesday 1st and Friday 3rd February 2023.

What are the dates of the next postal strike 2023? ›

The CWU has formally notified Royal Mail they plan to call on their members who collect, sort and deliver parcels and letters to take 24 hours of national strike action from 1230hrs on Thursday 16 February until 1230hrs Friday 17 February 2023.

What days are the January 2023 rail strike? ›

Currently, there are no confirmed dates for train strikes in January. However, both the RMT and ASLEF unions have announced that there will be train strikes on February 1 and February 3, 2023. The last round of union action across the rail networks took place earlier this month, lasting from January 3 to 7.

What is the 5th January 2023 train strike? ›

When are the rail strike dates in January 2023? Strike action will take place across two 48-hour periods in January. The first strikes will be taking place from Tuesday, January 3 until Wednesday, January 4. There will also be a day of strike action on Thursday, January 5 by the Aslef union.

What date does the rail strike start? ›

What are the rail strike dates? The planned rail strike dates for February 2023 will see action take place on: Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Friday, February 3, 2023.

Why are rail strikes happening? ›

To summarise, rail workers are striking over pay, working conditions and job security. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch describes a landscape of “transport austerity” with thousands of jobs cut across all sectors and below-inflation pay rises for rail workers.

Will Southern trains be affected by strikes? ›

There will be no trains on the ASLEF strike days so you will not be able to travel on our network. If you need to change your booking to another day or time, please contact our Assisted Travel team.

Which rail companies are striking on 15 September? ›

The rail providers involved in the Aslef strike on 15th September are Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains.

Which trains are getting Cancelled? ›

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What are rail unions striking about? ›

The disputes are over pay, working conditions, and job security for railway workers. The unions are asking for workers' pay to reflect a higher cost of living caused by rising inflation. However, Network Rail says it can only offer higher pay after reforms to modernise the railway system have been agreed.

Which train companies are striking on 17th September? ›

September 17: Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, LNER, and Transpennine Express are likely to be hit by the RMT strikes.

Will there be rail strikes in October 2022? ›

25 October 2022

Network Rail members will be on strike on those days and members working for the train operating companies will take action on 5th of November.

Is there a rail strike on 26th September 22? ›

There will also be a strike by TSSA (office staff and managers) for 24 hours from midday on Monday 26th September to midday on Tuesday 27th September.

How far in advance are train times released? ›

Typically, train companies release their Advance tickets 12 weeks before the departure date, although some go on sale as far as 24 weeks in advance!

Is there any strike in February 2022? ›

Ten central trade unions on Monday announced a two-day countrywide general strike on February 23 and 24 of 2022 against the "anti-people, anti-worker and anti-national destructive policies" of the Narendra Modi government with a slogan "Save the People and Save the Nation".

How early should I arrive before my Amtrak train? ›

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Plan to arrive at the station at least 30 minutes before your train is scheduled to depart (Auto Train passengers should arrive at the station at least two hours prior to departure).

How to book cheapest train tickets? ›

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What happens if a train is 3 hours late? ›

No cancellation charge or clerkage shall be levied and full fare shall be refundable to all passengers holding Reserved, RAC, and Waitlisted tickets, if the journey is not undertaken due to late running of the train by more than 3 hours of the scheduled departure of the train from the journey commencing station ...

What 13 train companies are going on strike? ›

Which train services are on strike?
  • Avanti West Coast.
  • Chiltern Railways.
  • CrossCountry.
  • East Midlands Railway.
  • Great Western Railway.
  • Greater Anglia.
  • GTR Great Northern Thameslink.
  • London North Eastern Railway.
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What are the train unions striking for? ›

The disputes are over pay, working conditions, and job security for railway workers. The unions are asking for workers' pay to reflect a higher cost of living caused by rising inflation.


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