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Industrial Dispute Housing maintenance to stage strike over pay

HOUSING maintenance staff in Manchester are staging sporadic strike action against their privateer employer over pay and conditions.

Their union Unite says that in a survey the mental health of 89 per cent of the 180 workers was found to have suffered because of their treatment by Mears, which holds the maintenance contract from Manchester Council for 12,000 social housing properties.

The workers were also found to be suffering severe levels of stress caused by their working conditions.

The workers have been taking strike action for two weeks and plan to continue until February. Previously they took 40 days of strike action.

Unite regional co-ordinating officer Andy Fisher said: “The findings of this survey are truly shocking and demonstrate that bad management by Mears is making workers ill.

“It is imperative that if Mears has any regard for their workforce they will act on these findings immediately.”

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