Upwards of 100,000 union members and campaigners are expected to join a march and rally in London on Saturday against cuts in public spending and attacks on jobs, services and pensions.
Almost 650 coaches have been hired from towns and cities across the UK as well as 10 chartered trains from areas including Scotland and the north west of England.
A survey by Unison and the Public and Commercial Services union showed that a third of public-sector workers had personal debts of £10,000 or more, revealing the “shocking impact” of the government’s cuts and pay freeze.
The poll of 10,000 workers also revealed that many were cutting spending on food, children’s clothes, healthcare and going out.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Workers across the public sector are under siege from all sides, from job and service cuts, to pension increases, pay freezes and rising inflation.
“This survey shows the coping strategies that members have been forced to take to make ends meet, and they make grim reading.
“The level of personal debt is frightening. You know that when a family is forced to cut down spending on their children, they have tried everything else first and are pretty desperate.”
Research for recruitment website totaljobs.com found that 52% of public-sector workers would consider industrial action over issues including job cuts and pension changes.
Most of the 1,600 workers questioned said any cuts should be targeted at consultants or management.
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