Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at National Highways have announced there will be 12 days of strikes over Christmas and the new year.
There will be a series of strikes from 16 December until 7 January 2023 and the union has warned this risks bringing roads to a standstill.
The union has told the government they are in a “position to stop these strikes” but they will not “listen to their own workforce.”
Traffic officers keep the roads and motorways moving and provide vital services to prevent road blocks and smart motorway lane closures.
The timing coincides with the RMT union’s strike action over the Christmas period which will cause further chaos to the railways preventing people from travelling to see friends and family over the festive season.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said, “We know our members’ action could inconvenience travellers who plan to visit their relatives over the festive period, but our members have been placed in this situation by a government that won’t listen to its own workforce.
“With the serious cost-of-living crisis, they deserve to be paid properly for the important work they do, keeping our roads running safe and free.
“The Government is in the driving seat here – it’s in a position to stop these strikes by putting money on the table.”