2023 is the perfect storm for labour strikes. And the cost of living crisis was just the tipping point.
To really understand why so many British workers are at a breaking point, you have to look back at a decade of austerity programs and social services cuts. The NHS, schools, rail and maritime services, firefighters, and police, have all suffered from lack of funds under the Conservative leadership. Brexit, Covid-19, and a cost-of-living crisis have of course amplified these issues.
However, economists have predicted this tipping point for years. Liam Stanley at the University of Sheffield says: