As the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivers his Spring Budget in Parliament today, much of the public’s attention will be focussed instead on the fresh wave of strike action hitting the country.

Around 500,000 workers are due to participate in industrial action today, making it the biggest strike in more than a decade, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Teachers, junior doctors and transport workers are all staging walkouts, bringing huge disruption to parents, commuters and hospitals across the country.

Here’s how today’s strikes will affect you:


Teachers who are members of the National Education Union are striking on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The action is expected to affect all schools in England, including sixth form colleges. No disruption is expected in Wales, as strikes there were cancelled following Government talks.

The strikes are part of an ongoing dispute over pay and funding in schools. During previous strikes in February and March more than half of schools either closed or restricted attendance.

Junior doctors

Wednesday marks the final day of action this week for junior doctors in England who have been on strike since Monday.

They are the latest group of NHS workers to stage walkouts over pay and conditions, following strikes by nurses and ambulance workers.

NHS leaders have warned that hospitals will take weeks to recover from the 72-hour walkout by junior doctors.

Emergency departments reported being under severe pressure on Monday and Tuesday this week as senior staff were forced to cover for those on strike.

More than 100,000 appointments have already been postponed this winter after nurses and other health workers took strike action in a dispute with the Government over pay, according to NHS figures.

London Tube Strikes

London Tube drivers represented by the union Aslef are striking on Wednesday, bringing major disruption to commuters in the capital.

Transport for London (TfL) has warned that little or no service is expected on the tube network.

Trains will run on the Elizabeth Line and London Overground lines, but TfL has warned services will be much busier than normal and queuing systems will be in place. Closure of Tube stations may mean some services will be unable to stop at all stations or run to their normal destination.

Buses are expected to be much busier, particularly from mainline stations.

Tube services will also start later than normal on Thursday 16 March and will be disrupted through the morning, TfL has warned.

Civil servants

Up to 150,000 civil servants who are members of the Public and Commercial Services and Prospect unions are on strike today across more than 100 departments.

Some of these strikes will be more visible than others, for example access to some museums will affected as workers at institutions including the British Museum and British Library stage walkouts.

Border Force strikes could also lead to delays in airports.

While other walkouts will be more behind the scenes, they will contribute to ongoing delays with a number of services, including with the DVLA and Passport Office.

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