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Britain’s Trial Lawyers to Strike in Latest Sign of Discontent

Barristers holding their wigs arrive at the High Court in London.
Barristers holding their wigs arrive at the High Court in London.

Photographer: Michael Crabtree/Bloomberg

Britain’s criminal trial lawyers voted to strike next week in a long-running row over government funding and fees that’s collapsed in recent years. 

It’s the latest profession to protest the UK government over a range of issues from pay to working conditions. Around 40,000 railway staff walked out Tuesday in the largest rail strike in three decades. Teachers and National Health Service staff are also considering industrial action against a backdrop of rising inflation and low pay rises.