Some 2,600 workers at the charity Turning Point struck on Friday of last week. Around 40 workers in the Unison union picketed its headquarters in Manchester.
Management is trying to cut wages, unsociable hours’ payments and overtime by up to £10,000 a year.
Supporters joined strikers and brought banners from Manchester Community Mental Health branch and North Staffordshire TUC.
Turning Point is a charity for people with drug use issues, mental health needs and learning disabilities.
One support worker said, “I will lose £5,000 a year, that pays for my house every month.” Another added, “I work with vulnerable adults. Cutting my pay is cutting their services.”
The workers had NHS terms and conditions and were supposed to be transferred and protected by Tupe regulations.
The charity is now trying to tear this up to opt out of any future pay awards agreed under the NHS Agenda for Change pay system.
The strikers are also very angry at the charity making so much money.
A project worker said, “I trained as a nurse. I’m here because I care for people with very complex needs. But Turning Point is now being run as a business for profits.”
Another added, “Every staff member is from the NHS with appropriate training.
“But we’re being replaced by minimum wage workers from the dole to maximise profits.”