Strikers’ march in Wolverhampton

PCS, ASLEF, UCU, NEU strikes Wed 1st February 2023. 500,000 on strike nationally, with 84 Protect the Right to Strike rallies including Wolverhampton.

pickets by PCS, ASLEF, UCU from 7-30am

press coverage:

Protect the right to strike ✊

Rishi Sunak is trying to force his anti-union “sack key workers bill” through parliament in a matter of weeks. It means that when workers democratically vote to strike, they could be forced to work and sacked if they don’t. That’s wrong, unworkable, and almost certainly illegal. We need to stop this bill. #RightToStrike

Sign the petition

This is an attack on all working people. We must defend the right to strike.
Sign the TUC’s petition and join the campaign. 

Lobby your MP

Whatever party your MP is in, you have a part to play in stopping this bill in its tracks. 
forms to request a meeting here.


Come and support striking
Teachers, Lecturers, Train Drivers & Civil Servants
if you can please visit and support the picket lines in the morning before the march and rally:

ASLEF Wolverhampton Railway station 8-1pm

UCU Wolverhampton University main picket at Wulfruna St

PCS DWP Black Country branch picket lines@
Bilston Job Centre, High Street, Bilston, WV14 0BN 7.30am-11am
Chapel Court Job Centre, Queen Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3AF 7.30am-11am
Molineux House Job Centre, Temple Street, Wolverhampton WV2 4AU 7.30am-11am

PCS Department for Levelling Up Housing & Communities branch picket line @
i9, Wolverhampton Interchange, Railway Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1LG 7am-10.30am

NEU assemble at railway station prior to 1 pm march

Wednesday 1st February
1pm: March from Wolverhampton railway station
all supporters welcome, bring banners
to Strike Rally in Queen’s Square at 1-30pm
with speakers:
FBU – Billy Holland
NEU – Kay Cresswell-Green
ASLEF – Si Goode
PCS – Mark Watters (TBC)
RMT – Ian Allen
CWU – Andy Morris (TBC)
TSSA – Melissa Heywood
LP NEC – Mish Rahman

organised by Wolverhampton TUC, supported by Midlands TUC

FB event page

see also the national TUC site


It is a matter of some surprise that the Prime Minister should justify the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill on the ground that minimum service levels are authorized by the ILO, and that legislation of this kind operates in France, Spain and Italy.   What he did not say is that the blank cheque which the Bill gives to Grant Shapps to determine when workers can strike is not consistent with what the ILO demands. or with the law relating to minimum service levels in other countries.

A reply to Rishi Sunak, by Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy KC of the Institute of Employment Rights Read here