Local government workers, teachers, firefighters and civil servants across the region are joining a 1.5million strong strike on Thursday over pay, jobs, privatisation and terms and conditions.
The strikes are likely to affect schools, waste and recycling collections, courts, tax and benefit offices, airports, the Passport Office, and fire stations.
Altogether, 175,000 workers from six unions (including Unison, Unite, GMB, NUT and FBU) are expected to be involved across the region.
Peter Middleman, PCS NW Regional Secretary, said: “Hard working public servants have rejected the bitter economic medicine that has for four years been killing the patient.
“George Osborne should emerge from his bubble of privilege and wake up to the fact that all but the super-wealthy are suffering at the hands of his failed austerity policies.”
Trades Union Council (TUC) general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pay rises way below the cost of living, coming hard on the heels of several years of pay freezes, have left family budgets stretched to the limit.
“The recovery remains some way off for our hard-working, dedicated midwives, nurses, teachers, dinner ladies and other public servants.
“For them several years more of financial worry and frugal living lie ahead.”
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “We have tried every route available to us to make the government see sense over their attacks.”
Joint city-centre rallies, co-ordinated by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) are taking place at lunchtime in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston.