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Junior doctors, teachers, and Tube drivers among hundreds of thousands of workers staging mass Budget Day strike
15 March 2023, 01:57 | Updated: 15 March 2023, 02:08
Hundreds of thousands of workers will stage industrial action on Wednesday amid ongoing disputes over issues including pay, jobs, pensions and conditions.
Teachers, junior doctors, university lecturers, London Underground drivers, civil servants, and BBC journalists will strike around the country to coincide with the Spring Budget, in what could be the biggest walkout since the start of the current wave of industrial action.
Members of the National Union of Journalists working at BBC Local across England will stage a 24-hour walkout in a dispute over programme cuts.
Commuters in London have been warned there will be "little or no service" on the Tube due to disruption caused by a walkout by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) and Aslef unions.
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Meanwhile junior doctors in the British Medical Association (BMA) will continue a three-day strike over pay that began on Monday.
Despite negotiations being held between unions and ministers, talks to the end the strikes have remained largely deadlocked.
However, some strikes, such as those by teachers, will only be held in England after progress in negotiations was made in Wales and Scotland.
Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka has warned that their walkout on Wednesday is just the start of a string of strikes that could continue until the end of the year.
"On budget day we're asking Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to give our hard-working members a fair pay rise," Mr Serwotka said.
"We've been given a 2% pay rise when food inflation was 16% last week. 40,000 civil servants use food banks and 45,000 claim in-work benefits because they're so poor.
"The government can stop these strikes today by putting money on the table for our members."
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He added: "Shamefully, ministers don't seem interested in giving their own employees a fair pay rise to help them through the cost-of-living crisis and beyond."
Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted, joint general secretaries of the National Education Union, said: "We do not want to go on strike - we want to be in the classroom, teaching and supporting children and young people.
"It continues to be a regret that our members have to take strike action, but we know that parents and the public understand the gravity of the situation around school funding and teacher recruitment and retention."
Rachel Johnson says childcare should be a top priority in Jeremy Hunt's upcoming budget.
In a letter to parents on Tuesday ahead of the walkouts, Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: "This industrial action will mean more disruption to children's education and to your lives too - whether that's work, arranging childcare or changing other plans.
"I am extremely disappointed that many young people will once again miss invaluable time learning with their teachers and friends, particularly after their education was significantly disrupted during the pandemic."