More than half a million teachers, civil servants and frontline workers in the UK will go on strike over pay and conditions tomorrow, in a slew of of widespread industrial action dubbed “Walkout Wednesday”.
Contingency plans include a request for 600 soldiers and more than 100 civil servants to fill in for Border Force staff, who will strike for 24 hours until 7 am on Thursday. However, the secondment of civil servants coincides with a walkout by staff at 11 Whitehall departments and dozens of quangos who are members of the PCS union.
The biggest disruption is expected to be the strike by 300,000 teachers in schools across England and Wales. Ministers want schools to stay open to provide a safe place for children, but this demand is unlikely to be met with so many teachers on strike.