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Rishi Sunak faces off against Sir Keir Starmer in today’s prime minister’s question in what will be the biggest day of industrial action in over a decade.
Teachers, train drivers, civil servants and university lecturers are among the workers striking today as unions demand higher wages for their members amid the cost of living crisis.
Here’s what the PMQ will be about and how to watch it live:
What time is PMQ today?
PMQ will be held on Wednesday, February 1 at noon in the House as usual. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes.
How can I watch PMQ live?
You can watch the PMQ as a live stream on this page.will also be broadcast live on UK Parliament YouTube Channel.
what should i expect?
Teachers, civil servants, rail workers, border guard officers, bus drivers and university staff are taking part in what is called the ‘Wednesday Walkout’, the biggest UK strike in 12 years.
About 85% of schools in England and Wales are expected to remain closed, teachers take action, most trains are canceled and up to 100,000 civil servants are expected to leave.
A strike could rule PMQ today as the government continues to resist pressure to yield to payment demands.
An official spokesman for the prime minister said:
“We are frankly aware that this will disrupt people’s lives, and that is why we believe negotiations, rather than picket lines, are the right approach.”
Economists estimate that the impact of the education, rail and civil service strikes will bring down multiple services and cost the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds a day, directly and indirectly.
Karl Thompson, economist at the Center for Economics and Business Research, said:
‘On top of this, a further £500m is estimated for lost days among people unable to commute or work from home due to rail strikes over this period. So these costs add up to £19. billion pounds, with additional hits to hospitality, retail and others.”