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Angela Rayner - a care worker and Unison regional convenor for the North West joined Elaine Willcox tonight in the Granada Reports studio:-
Public sector workers say they are the forgotten army which provides vital services like teaching, waste collection, firefighting and protecting the vulnerable.
Today many thousands of them took to the streets right across our region in a strike over their pay.
The Government says striking only disrupts people's lives. Many parents left to cover childcare say it's unfair.
Our correspondent Rachel Townsend reports:
Thousands of people across the North West have gone out on strike today in the biggest walk out in decades.
Public sector workers are protesting over pay, pensions and cutbacks.
Rachel Townsend reports from Manchester city centre.
Thousands of public sector workers across the North West will walk out in what unions claim is the biggest strike in living memory. Over a million people including council workers, teachers and firefighters are protesting in cuts to pay and pensions. You've been telling us what you think:
@granadareports I've not had a pay rise for 6 years yet I still have to fund public sector pensions when I can't afford to pay for my own
On Facebook Thomas Wallis says: "Does anyone have any sympathy for these people? We were told that my daughter's class was still ok to attend school in a letter last week and then a letter came home on Tuesday saying the whole school was closed. Thanks for the notice!!!"
Dawn L Foster told us, "I agree with the strikes because the MP's can afford to give themselves an 11% pay rise but can only afford to give people like Nurses, Teachers a 1% pay rise, its disgraceful."
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Striking workers want their employers to enter back into negotiations over their "measly" pay rises with unions, a GMB representative told Good Morning Britain.
Regional Representative Joe Morgan was also critical of proposed changes to the number of votes needed before a strike could be held, saying if the same rules were applied to Parliament, "you wouldn't have one MP elected across the country."