#WeWontPayYou: Keep your pay promise We Are With You!
Why is this important?
We are employed by We Are With You (formerly known as Addaction), as drug and alcohol support workers in Wigan and Leigh.
We used to work for the NHS and we were transferred over to We Are With You. Our employer has repeatedly promised that we would receive all NHS Agenda for Change pay rises.
We Are With You have broken their pay promises and we are now thousands of pounds out of pocket.
Some of us could have taken different jobs within the health service, and only transferred to We Are With You as we were assured that our NHS pay, leave and pension would be honoured.We work incredibly hard supporting recovering addicts, often in very trying circumstances. We love our job but every year it’s getting harder to get by on our wages.
We have been forced to take action to get the pay rise which we were promised.
In the midst of our dispute, Addaction spent £140k rebranding themselves as We Are With You- this cost is significantly higher than the amount it would take to settle this dispute.
What do we want?
We want We Are With You to pay us the full NHS Agenda for Change pay rise, backdated from 2018.
What action have we taken so far?
We took one day of strike action on Friday 23 August 2019 followed by two days of strike action beginning on Wednesday 11 September, then three days of strike action beginning on Wednesday 9 October, finally followed by a five day strike beginning on Monday 4 November.
What action do we have planned?
We are beginning a further five days of strike action on Thursday 27 February 2020.
If Addaction do not offer us what we're owed then we will take further action in future.
How can you help?
Please attend picket lines to support us during strike days. Pickets take place at Coops Building, Dorning Street, Wigan WN1 1HR and Kennedy House, Brunswick Avenue, Leigh WN7 2PJ between 8am and 12noon on strike days.
Please donate to our strike fund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on how to donate.
Post messages of support on social media: please hashtag #WeWontPayYou and tag @WeAreWithYou and @NorthWestUNISON.