Hundreds of health workers are to strike today in a dispute over outsourcing of services.
Members of Unite at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust will walk out from Wednesday while Unison members will strike from Thursday.
Workers including porters, cleaners, catering staff, electricians and plumbers employed at Wrightington Hospital, Wigan's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary and Leigh Infirmary will take action.
The trust is proposing that the workers' jobs will be outsourced to a subsidiary company, WWL Solutions Ltd.
Unite members will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday followed by five days of strike action by both unions from Thursday.
Unite regional officer Keith Hutson said:
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said:
A Trust statement said:
The Trust's board will discuss setting up a wholly owned subsidiary at a meeting on Wednesday.