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There could be a wave of national strikes this summer (Image: PA/Getty Images/EPA)

The country is expected to suspend train services for a week as the largest rail strike in modern history takes place.

In addition, teachers, doctors and garbage collectors could also become active this summer.

Unions representing health and education workers warned of potential industrial action in the fall.

The teachers’ union NASUWT confirmed that its 300,000 members would be elected unless the government agreed to a 12% pay rise.

Secretary General Patrick Roach said the UK faces an “existential plight for the future of the teaching profession” due to the cost of living crisis combined with real wage cuts.

He added: “The government wrongly assumed that teachers would just stand by and slash wages and hollow our education system to the bone.

“If a raise is not granted, it will be fought for by our members in the workplace through industrial action.”

The National Education Union will also elect 460,000 members, including student assistants, teachers and lecturers, unless wages rise in line with inflation.

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 06/20/2022. London, United Kingdom. Commuters arrive at Kings Cross station in London. Railway lines across the UK will be closed for three days starting tomorrow (Tuesday) when thousands of railway workers will be evacuated on June 21st, 23rd and 25th over a wage dispute. Credit: Ben Cawthra/LNP

Rail strikes are already planned for this week (Image: Ben Cawthra / LNP)

epa10022192 Commuters at London Bridge station ahead of national rail strikes in central London, Britain, June 19, 2022. More than half of Britain's rail network is suspended during three days of rail strikes next week. Over 50,000 rail workers will go on strike on June 21, 23 and 25, causing travel chaos across the country. EPA/ANDY RAIN

The rail strikes are affecting commuters and people traveling to events (Image: EPA)

London, England - March 28, 2015: A crew of rubbish pickers working in Maiden Lane in central London, bringing rubbish bins to the truck for loading. They wear bright yellow and orange hi-vis jackets to avoid accidents on the busy streets of London.

Garbage collectors’ unions are also said to be planning strikes (Image: Getty Images)

Joint Secretary General Kevin Courtney said: “Unless there is a significant improvement from 3% – which will leave an 8% gap to inflation this year alone – we cannot avoid a vote. The mood among the teachers has changed.

“Last year was all about the workload. This year it’s workload and pay.”

Unison, the largest union, said half a million NHS workers could go on strike over the forthcoming NHS pay offer, which is expected in June if the pay offer lags behind inflation.

The strike would likely bring much of the NHS to a standstill as appointments and surgeries are canceled when doctors go on strike.

Bath, England - August 2021: Postman using an electric powered trolley to transport mail on a delivery round in central Bath

Posties could also go on strike (Picture: Getty Images)

epa10022172 Commuters at Waterloo station ahead of national rail strikes in central London, Britain, June 19, 2022. More than half of Britain's rail network will be suspended during three-day rail strikes next week. Over 50,000 rail workers will go on strike on June 21, 23 and 25, causing travel chaos across the country. EPA/ANDY RAIN

The days between strikes are also likely to be affected (Image: EPA)

Union members and members of the public take part in a nationwide TUC demonstration in central London to demand action on the cost of living, a new deal for working people and a pay rise for all workers. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Protests have taken place over the cost of living crisis (Image: PA)

It has prompted NHS England national medical director Professor Sir Stephen Powis to say it is “vital” that people seek appointments and treatment despite the disorder.

Secretary-General Christina McAnea said: “The government has an easy choice. It either makes decent pay, invests in staff and services, and reduces delays for patients, or it risks potential disputes, growing staff shortages, and more suffering for the sick.’

Postal workers, garbage collectors and lawyers are also considering going on strike.

Unions Unison, GMB and Unite have announced that local government staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should receive a pay rise of at least £2,000 each. Workers include garbage collectors, library staff, teaching assistants, and nursing staff.

Unite said it would support “any action” taken by workers to secure a pay rise.

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Justin Scacco

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