On January 10, British Business Secretary Grant Shapps said that he would submit an anti-strike bill to the British Parliament that day. The bill, which requires some union members to work even during strikes, is aimed at ensuring minimum service levels can be maintained in the public sector during strikes.
On the 10th, due to the failure to reach a consensus with the Scottish regional government on the salary dispute, elementary school teachers from several unions in Scotland went on strike, resulting in the closure of a large number of schools in the area. In addition, secondary school teachers in Scotland plan to strike on the 11th.
According to British media reports, on the 9th local time, several ministerial officials of the British government met with relevant trade unions separately to try to end the wave of strikes in various industries, from medical care to transportation. Among them, the transport secretary met with the railway union; the education secretary met with the teachers’ union, and the health secretary met with the union representing ambulance staff and nurses. But the relevant unions were not satisfied with the results of the negotiations.