Public sector strikes: The key issues for the unions

Striking workers Unions marched earlier this year against government budget cuts

Thousands of public sector workers, including teachers, court workers and police support staff, will take to the streets in co-ordinated strike action on Thursday, 30 June.

Members of the 290,000-strong PCS union will join teaching unions in a walkout over pay and pensions.

Other unions, including the UK's biggest public sector union, Unison, have warned they could also take industrial action, while transport union the RMT has already voted in favour of a series of separate strikes.

So who is taking industrial action and why are these groups of workers walking out? Explore the table below to find out more.

Strikes: Who's walking out and why

Union Membership Represents Strike plan Issues

Source: Unions

NUT logo

National Union of Teachers (NUT)


School teachers

Walking out for 24 hours on 30 June

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Pensions are the big issue. The union says government plans mean teachers will be required to pay more, work longer and receive less when they retire

ATL logo

Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)


Teachers, lecturers, education managers and support staff

Striking on 30 June

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As with the NUT, the ATL objects to changes to pensions

UCU logo

University and College Union



Lecturers and other university and college staff

Striking on 30 June. They have already walked out once this year - on 24 March

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Pension changes

NAHT logo

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)


Head teachers and leaders at other education establishments

Not joining the strike on June 30, but poised to ballot members on possibility of later industrial action

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Pension changes

PCS logo

Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)


Court and job centre staff, border, customs and immigration officers, air traffic controllers and police support staff - among others

Striking on 30 June

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The union says government cuts threaten vital public services, will result in thousands of job losses and reduced pay and pensions

Unison logo


1.3 million

Local authority staff, NHS employees, police service workers, colleges and school staff - among others

Biggest public sector union. Not involved in 30 June strike, but warns that the union is "on the road to industrial action" if ministers are unable to meet pension demands

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Like the teaching unions, Unison objects to pension changes

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