March strike dates: When are teachers, trains and NHS are going on strike this month

1 March 2023, 10:19 | Updated: 16 March 2023, 12:31

March strikes: All the calendar strike dates you need to know ab
March strikes: All the calendar strike dates you need to know ab. Picture: Alamy

By Zoe Adams

When are trains, nurses and teachers going on strike in March? And which strikes have been cancelled? Here are the calendar dates you need to know for the upcoming month.

England and Wales are seeing more disruption to services in March as strikes across industries including railways, teachers and NHS services, such as physios and ambulances, continue to fight for more pay.

February and March demonstrated some of the biggest strike action ever, with walkouts like nurses making history, and unless the government and bosses make any big changes, we could be set to see the same next month.

Following the ongoing cost of living crisis, as well as poor working conditions and even climbing interest rates - workers are calling for suitable pay rises to help with their rising outgoings.

Related article: When is the next London Underground tube strike?

Related article: Ambulance strike dates 2023: Everything you need to know

Here's who is going on strike and when in March as key workers confirm their dates going forward.

NHS nurses have been making history with their strikes
NHS nurses have been making history with their strikes. Picture: Alamy

Are teachers going on strike in March 2023?

Teachers began their walkouts in February 2023 and announced calendar dates for that month as well as March.

They will be on strike:

  • Wednesday, March 1 – East Midlands, West Midlands, Eastern, Scotland
  • Thursday, March 2 – London, South East, South West
  • Wednesday, March 15 – England and Wales
  • Thursday, March 16 – England and Wales

When are the NHS nurse strikes in March 2023?

At present, nurses are yet to confirm any strike dates for March. In the latest news, they have received a new pay offer which is believed to be a one-off payment for this financial year and a new wage for the next.

When are the junior doctor strikes?

Junior doctors went on strike on the 13th, 14th and 15th of March.

The three-day strike saw junior doctors walk out of routine and emergency care but by law they can only walk out from life-and-limb emergency care if the NHS have it covered.

Are ambulance staff striking this month?

Ambulance staff have currently called off their strikes for March.

Unite head of operations Gail Cartmail said: "Following further assurances from the government over the weekend Unite has in good faith agreed to pause the strike action."

Ambulance driving past striking workers
Ambulance staff have currently halted further strike action. Picture: Alamy

When are the NHS physio strikes this month?

Physios confirmed last month they too would be going on strike alongside NHS nurses.

Dates were suspended for March in order for unions to enter talks with the government.

When are the rail and train strikes in March 2023?

Currently, RMT has called off National Rail's March 16 strike action after receiving a new pay offer. A mandate will be held for workers to agree on the pay rise.

However, 14 other rail services will still go ahead with their strikes on this day so it's important you check your train line before you travel.

There are also confirmed dates for 30th March and 1st April.

Abellio buses 'Not in Service' on strike days
Abellio buses in London have staged a series of walkouts in February 2023. Picture: Alamy

Are there any London tube strikes in March?

RMT have confirmed that both London Underground tube drivers and staff will be walking out on March 15th as part of an on-going dispute over job losses, pensions and working conditions.

When are Royal Mail going on strike?

Latest in Royal Mail talks suggest post strikes will be hold on for now following the latest legal action taken against the union by bosses. This means the next two walkouts have been cancelled.

They are also currently holding a ballot for another strike mandate as their current one ended in February.

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