More than 1,000 water workers have voted to strike over pay and in protest at years of underinvestment in the system.
A total of 1,100 United Utilities employees, who work on both clean and dirty water, will down tools following an industrial action ballot.
A majority of 68 per cent voted to strike after years of real terms pay cuts.
Dates for the strike, which will affect leaks, maintenance and cleaning up sewage after spillages, will be announced in the coming days.
Steve Whittle, GMB Organiser, said, “There is real frustration from our members. They’ve seen their pay slashed in real terms for several years, while shareholders and directors trouser fortunes.
“Meanwhile the infrastructure is left to crumble through a lack of investment. Enough is enough – GMB members at United Utilities demand no more cuts and clean water now.”
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