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NHS workers to ballot on industrial action over fair pay

WORKERS who help people with drug and alcohol addictions in Wigan and Leigh in Greater Manchester are balloting on resuming strike action over fair pay.

The workers, employed by the National Health Service, were contracted out to London-based charity “We Are With You” on the understanding that their NHS wages would be maintained.

But the charity reneged on the agreement and the workers are now £800 to £1,900 a year worse off.

The 29 workers are members of public service union Unison and have already taken 16 days of strike action over the issue.

Unison regional organiser Paddy Cleary said: “Drug and alcohol workers provide a key public service.  

“It is not right that workers employed in the NHS can be outsourced and then have their pay rates held down.”

The new ballot result is expected at the end of August, and possible industrial action is expected in September.

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