Strike solidarity

On this page we highlight strikes and how you can support them.

Workplaces are sites of struggle which often have great potential power. But to turn that potential into reality workers need to be aware of it, have the political will to use it, have the organisation to wield it and have a plan of action they believe can win.

The next section highlights some key parts of rs21’s approach: the importance of doing collections, how to visit a picket line and why delegation work matters. All this is based on organising rank and file workers rather than starting with the formal structures of unions.

We also include recent strike reports and details of where to find more info.

Key articles

Resisting the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act

Ian Allinson discusses the ways workers can resist the government's latest repressive anti-union legislation.

Why is the NEU recommending a bad deal?

rs21 teachers explain what has happened in the NEU and what we can do about it.

School strikes: we must escalate to win

Teachers' pay - escalate to win in the autumn!

School strikes update: what we need to do to win

The NEU has called new strikes in England on 5 and 7 July in pursuit of their pay claim. Here's how we win the dispute.

Fighting on for higher pay in the NHS

As junior doctors in the BMA prepare for three days of strike action this week, the pay fight isn’t over across the health service.

Yet more anti-strike laws

As Britain’s strike wave continues to grow, Ian Allinson argues for a more serious response to the Tories’ latest repressive legislation.

"If you want to organise at work, buy this book"

We need radical social and political change. Where should we begin? For longtime workplace activist Ian Allinson, the answer is clear: organising at work is essential to rebuild working-class power. Workers Can Win is an essential, practical guide for rank-and-file workers and union activists. Drawing on more than 20 years of organising experience, Allinson combines practical techniques with an analysis of the theory and politics of organising and unions.

Strike reports

Striking workers holding placards

Labor’s Upsurge and the Search for Workers’ Power

Five hundred thousand workers were on strike in the USA at some point in 2023. Kim Moody explores how the strikes have helped to build power and what to expect in the year to come.

What’s going on in Unite? | Part 1

Unite activist Raymond Morell assesses Sharon Graham's leadership of the union. Part 1.
Strikers at the UAW picket line

Let them eat steak: voices from a UAW picket line

Dana Cloud reports from a United Auto Workers picket line at a G.M. parts distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Troublemakers logo

‘Troublemakers at Work’: Why trade unions need a militant rank-and-file

'Troublemakers' brought trade unionists and activists together to discuss the importance of a militant rank-and-file.

Popular protest and labour insurgency in Iran

A Tehran-based activist assesses the movement, and the under-reported role of workers’ struggles in the wider street mobilisations.

School strikes: results and prospects

The tragedy of ending the dispute now is squandering the momentum and resolve we have built.
Image is a close-up of a crowd holding a variety of union flags including PCS and RMT, with placards saying "Protect our right to strike" and "Defend the Right to Strike". The people in the shot apear diverse in age, gender and race. In the centre of the shot, a person in a yellow shirt with the word 'RESIST' on it raises their left fist.

‘Lack and longing’: an interview with Satnam Virdee and Brendan McGeever

Satnam Virdee and Brendan McGeever answer questions about race, nation, working class struggle and the breakdown of Britain’s democratic settlement.

A World to Win: rs21 All Member Assembly report

rs21 organised A World to Win as part of our All Member Assembly. We discussed the new right, climate breakdown and the strike wave.

For our full list of strike reports, see here. If you have reports, photos or video from a strike please get in touch about writing for rs21.

More information

You can use Strike Map UK to search for your nearest strike get details of how to send a solidarity email, or add details of a strike here. Union News is also a good source of information about disputes.