Railways across the UK faces major disruption as thousands of rail workers have started a series of strikes over the Christmas period.

British trade union the RMT has planned strikes by tens of thousands of railway workers across December and in early January after failing to find an agreement with train operators.

More than 40,000 railway workers are due to walk out on Dec. Continuing from today through to Friday the 14th, then 16-17, also 24-27, and in the New Year Jan. 3-4 and 6-7 in a long-running dispute over pay.

Britain faces widespread industrial unrest in the run up to the Christmas holiday and into January as workers struggling with double-digit inflation resort to strike action to demand better pay and working conditions.

As well as rail workers, nurses, ambulance drivers, postal workers and teachers have all planned strikes demanding better pay and working conditions.

Hopes of a major breakthrough in the rail dispute were shattered after Network Rail workers rejected a pay offer, which means members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) begin two 48-hour strikes at Network Rail – and 14 train companies – continuing until Friday this week