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‘Back to the 1970s’ as UK goes on strike

Is it right to go on strike? This week, teachers, junior doctors, tube drivers, civil servants, academics, librarians and more all plan to walk out of work.  What's happening? Strike! Across Britain, normal life will come to a stop. Trains will not arrive at their stations. Teachers will not stand in their classrooms. Find out more Thousands of workers are going on strikeWhen people refuse to work until their demands for changes have been met. . They say they are not paid enough, and that they do not have all of the things they need to work. This means that they will refuse to work until they have been given better pay offers. So are the workers right to go on strike? Strikes are nothing new. The first ever known strike took place in ancientVery old. Egypt in 1152BC.  However, they became much more common in the last couple of hundred years as workers began to band together to ask for better pay.  In the UK, some leaders chose to work with the unionsA trade union is an association of workers which can fight for the rights of workers and defend them against unfair working conditions., and invite them to take part in making pans for the country. Other leaders chose something different. In the 1980s, Britain's leader Margaret ThatcherBritain’s first female prime minister and the longest-serving prime minister of the modern era. brought in new laws to make it harder to strike. Some say it is not the rich, but other workers who are hurt by the strikes. But others say strikers often do not have much of a choice. They need to be paid fairly for their work.  Is it ethical to go on strike? Some say Yes! Workers have the right to ask for fair pay. And if one group of workers win, others are likely to see pay rises too. This is good for everyone. Others think No! Ordinary working people will struggle to get to work on strike days.  They are being forced to pay to help others. KeywordsStrike - When people refuse to work until their demands for changes have been met.

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