School teachers, train drivers, civil servants and more are walking out today as part of the biggest day of industrial action in more than a decade.

Hundreds of thousands of workers are going on strike in a dispute for better pay and working conditions.

Thousands of teachers in England and Wales will strike after the National Education Union (NEU) announced seven days of action over the next two months.

The walkouts, which could see more than 100,000 teachers take action in a dispute over pay, come on the same day that university lecturers, train drivers, civil servants, bus drivers and security guards are going on strike.

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Some parents will be forced to take leave from work, or arrange other childcare, as a result of planned school closures across England and Wales.

The NEU is estimating that around 85% of schools in England and Wales will be fully or partially closed on Wednesday.

Rail passengers also face another day of travel disruption as train driver members of Aslef and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will strike once more in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Protests are due to be held across the country against the Government’s controversial plans for a new law on minimum service levels during strikes.

It comes as fresh strikes have been announced for later this month, with thousands of ambulance workers across five services in England set to take action on February 10 in a long-running dispute over pay and staffing.

Thousands of Environment Agency workers are also expected to strike on February 8 in a dispute over pay.

The latest research by the TUC suggests that the average public sector worker is more than £200 a month worse off compared to a decade ago.

Downing Street has conceded that the mass strike action on Wednesday will be “very difficult” for the public.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it is “disappointing” that headteachers do not know fully how many teachers will be available for work until the strike day itself.

Health leaders are concerned that teacher strikes could lead to sudden no-shows for patients with childcaring responsibilities for scheduled appointments, as well as checks, vaccinations and scans.

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “The extent of the disruption is an unknown for health leaders as not all schools have confirmed whether they’ll be able to remain open.”

He added: “With pressures running so high, this is the last thing they need.”

Local authorities have begun outlining what impact the walkout could have on schools, with many only able to remain partially open to certain year groups.

In a message to parents, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said: “The strike will disrupt their child’s education and we regret that, and it will disrupt their home life and their work life and we regret that.

“We sincerely regret it, but we’re pointing to disruption that is happening every day in schools.

“If we don’t persuade Government to invest in education that disruption just carries on.”

The Department for Education (DfE) has offered a 5% pay rise to most teachers for the current school year, but the NEU is demanding a fully funded above-inflation pay rise for teachers.