Should key workers such as nurses and teachers be able to strike?


1st December 2022

THIS year has seen a big increase in the number of workers going on strike. Why is this happening and what does it mean?

What exactly is a strike?
A strike is when workers make an official protest by refusing to do their job for a set period of time. Police officers and prison officers are not allowed to strike.

Why do they happen?
In many industries, workers belong to a trade union. These organisations look after workers and talk to employers about pay, working hours and conditions. If no agreement is reached, unions can ask their members to vote on whether to go on strike.

Why are there more strikes at the moment?
Most of the latest strikes are over pay. This is because prices are rising very quickly at the moment and, without pay rises, workers are being left much worse off. These strikes will cause a lot of disruption, in everything from hospitals to train travel, but they are often seen as a last resort for workers to get their voices heard.

What happens to workers who strike?
For the first 12 weeks, workers cannot lose their jobs for joining a strike organised by their union. However, they don’t get paid for the days they are on strike.

Who is going on strike? Here are just some of the workers who are striking this year:

Thousands of nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will strike on 15 and 20 December. This is the biggest strike in the history of the NHS. The Royal College of Nursing trade union has said emergency care will be provided. However, many operations and appointments will be cancelled.

Railway workers have been holding one-day strikes since June over pay, job cuts and conditions. More rail strikes are planned before Christmas and into next year.

Royal Mail workers have been striking and have more planned in December over pay and job cuts.

Almost every school in Scotland closed on 24 November due to a teachers’ strike. More strikes are expected next year.

University staff across the UK, including lecturers and cleaners, went on strike for three days at the end of November over pay, workloads and pensions.

Should key workers such as nurses and teachers be able to strike?


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potterwolf · 1 year ago

No one should be able to strike because everyone should be payed enough money… especially keyworkers. They helped us ALL through lockdown… NHS and Doctors going on strike would lead into a disaster. Especially in lockdown. In lockdown half the people might of died. · 1 year ago

They have the right to strike

goatmaster · 1 year ago

Teachers and nurses should be allowed to strike to show an opinion

coolcats · 1 year ago

I think they should because they are key to our society so deserve a pay rise. There is the concern that there may be major issues if they go on strike but they shouldn't have to in the first place! They should be given fair pay. It's not right that key workers are having to make this tough decision.

robro · 1 year ago

I am saying yes because it is legal to go on strike and there is no reason to stop them.

aces10 · 1 year ago

I believe everyone should have the right to protest if they are being treated unfairly or underpaid. However, if they are key workers like nurses or teachers, this shouldn’t have an impact on their work. I think they should use other ways of getting their message across, that doesn’t affect the people in need who they provide services for.

mistywater · 1 year ago

I’m sorry, but no! We need these people so much and if they went on strike we would be in a bit of trouble! Also, if teachers went on strike, who would teach? Then we would have an uneducated population!

minkmeow · 1 year ago

I do not think that the NHS should strike. My mum works as a gyneacologist and in the medical system there already is a lot of pressure on the remaining staff due to Royal College of Nursing strikes. If all doctors go on strike there will be a collapse of the medical system and people will lose trust in the government. Also, with the Strep-A outbreak there will not be support for children with life threatening diseases when they need it.

minkmeow · 1 year ago

Also my mum teaches students and my school might be shutting down anyway due to Strep-A.

omer44 · 1 year ago

I don’t think they should, because doctors already have a pretty high pay, and if they strike, especially with the new Strep A disease, lots of people could die. The NHS is already collapsing.

mrrickroll · 1 year ago

100% yes, key worker's pay is terrible, and they should be able to strike, because then the press will take attention to it, and it will be easier for them to get fairer pay.

candyapple · 1 year ago

I'm completely against the idea for strikes. Everyone is struggling at the moment, not just them, but you don't see vicars going on strike, or lawyers! Personally, I think it's a bit selfish, kids need teaching, mail needs delivering, nothings going to happen if they start going on strike. In fact, imagine if the whole world went on strike, it would be chaos!!!

nuggetwirl · 1 year ago

It is their right but I would still say no because it can cost lives!!

jameringue · 1 year ago

They should be able to strike. Even though they are key workers, it is not their fault if they are not being payed enough money. It is a big problem, but it isn't them who are making it.

flamingo27 · 1 year ago

I do not think that they should be able to strike as if they went on strike lots of schools would be shut down and that can affect some children's education and the social side of school.

flamingo27 · 1 year ago

Everyone should have a right to strike if they feel that they are not being payed enough for their important job and the change they make in the world.

tekfaith · 1 year ago

Strike action is the last resort, because it's a powerful way to drive a positive change. Nurses are leaving the professional at a high rate, due to low pay and staff shortages that force them to work long hours.

breezy · 1 year ago

There are train 🚊 strikes and bus 🚌 strikes so why can’t there be other strikes?

allegrag · 1 year ago

I’m not comfortable about the idea because with nurses, if someone fell sick no one would be there to help them.
I’m sorry but no, we need those people to live.

splashy10 · 1 year ago

They can strike because they are just normal people and they have the right to strike.
It’s no different to anybody else.

ridulfa · 1 year ago

I dont think they should be allowed to strike, as they should be getting payed enough money and not need to.

zachbuzu · 1 year ago

No! they do not have a right to strike.

trixx · 1 year ago

defo should be allowed to strike they are crucial to our society yet are being exploited they have valid reasons for striking