Strike bites

PUBLIC services have ground to a halt in Wigan today as the pension cuts strike hit.

More than 5000 staff have walked out hitting everything from bin collections and minor operations in hospital to court summonses.

Wigan and Leigh College, Parsons Walk - picket outside the college entrance

Wigan and Leigh College, Parsons Walk - picket outside the college entrance

Motorists found empty roads at breakfast time devoid of parents making the school run because the vast majority of Wigan’s classrooms were closed by the walkout.

There were at least eight picket lines at Job Centres and Colleges across the Metro and many strikers are due to attend a mass rally in Wigan Market Place at 1pm today, having marched from Whaley Labour Club an hour earlier.

Trade Unions say that it is the biggest bout of industrial action for a generation and have warned of more to follow if the Coalition Government refuse “genuine” negotiations.

But Chairman of the borough’s Conservative Federation Michael Win Stanley said the Unions had been “itching” for a fight with the Tory led Government and claimed they had no mandate for the industrial action.