A MAJOR rally is being planned in Wigan town centre is advance of the mass public service strike.
More than three million state sector workers are set to join the strike - the biggest to hit Britain for more than half a century - at the end of the month.
A rally has been organised by Wigan TUC the weekend before to co-ordinate support on the strike day itself to be held at the Unite the Union offices in Hallgate on November 19,
It will start at 11am and all union members, whether they work in the public or private sectors, are being invited to attend.
Key speakers from all the unions involved in the dispute have been invited to address the gathering.
The industrial action on November 30 is expected to involve teachers, health service workers, civil servants, university lecturers and council workers in what is set to be the biggest strike for generations.
Wigan Unison branch secretary Stuart Fenton said: “Our members have voted to take strike action because they are not prepared to work longer, pay more and then receive less pension.
“The Government wants to use our members increased contributions to reduce the deficit and not to sustain the viability of the pensions scheme. I believe that this is daylight robbery.”
Wigan Council Unison Senior Steward Dave Lowe said: “A virtual general strike in the public sector I believe will act as a springboard for the fights to come.
“It will give us the confidence in the fight to defend jobs and services and will give us the momentum to begin to stop the cuts.
“At the centre of bringing the unions together in Wigan is the Trades Council and on November 30 it will be involved in co-ordinating the picket lines and organising a demonstration and a town centre rally.”
Mr Lowe said that Wigan Metro members were backing the initiatives of the TUC and the Wigan Trades Council.
But it was “crucial” that all the Wigan unions meet, organise marches and strike together if they were to defeat the government over pensions and resist the cuts.