Addiction support workers enter last day of latest strike

Drug and alcohol support workers ​in the North West are on the last day of a 10-day strike today (Friday), as they continue their fight to force their employer, national charity We Are With You​​ (formerly Addaction), to give them a promised pay rise. ​The industrial action involves 30 rehabilitation staff from Wigan and Leigh in Greater Manchester. Yesterday, an ad van visited the Foundry Chambers and Gray’s Inn in London in order to get the message across to Lord Carlile, the Chair of We Are With You’s board of trustees. It then went on to We Are With You’s headquarters in the capital, where it was met by a group of striking workers. Finally, it stopped outside the Houses of Parliament. The 10-day strike is the latest stage in the long-running dispute with the charity, which took over the running of Wigan Council’s drug and alcohol support contract from the NHS several years ago. The rehab workers are angry that the charity has reneged on a pledge to pay them the same rates as staff employed in the NHS doing similar jobs. When NHS staff received a wage rise as part of a three-year pay deal in 2018, the striking workers didn’t see their pay go up. As a result, the staff are each missing out on around £1,000 a year. By 2023, when the charity’s contract with Wigan Council ends, staff will have lost more than £230,000 in wages in total, an average of £7,870 each,...
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