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Why does it feel like everyone is going on strike? From the onset of the Industrial Revolution, working men and women have been withholding their labour as a means of bargaining for better pay and conditions. Strikes and have become a frequent fixture in industrial relations in the UK and are certainly back with a vengeance this year. Train strikes threatened British holiday makers’ plans throughout the summer and continue to do so as we head towards Christmas, Royal Mail workers have been preventing post from reaching the letterbox and teachers are reportedly one step closer to going on strike in Britain after rejecting a 5% pay rise. Our last cover story of 2022 explores the root of employee discontent and how HR can help ease tensions. Also in the November/December issue: HR Excellence Awards 2022: Find out who walked home with a HR Excellence Award and why in our Book of the Night