TRADE union chiefs are to meet NHS bosses over plans to privatise a Runcorn supply depot which could lead to pay and job cuts.
More than 260 staff at NHS Logistics on the Astmoor Industrial Estate look likely to be out-sourced to a private company in May or June.
The 265 staff at the depot fear any new owners will slim down staffing levels, be unwilling to pay civil service wages and slash the 29-day annual holiday entitlement.
Staff have also appealed to union bosses to negotiate with the organisation's future owners to protect contracts and pension rights.
Currently two firms - DHL and Jist - are believed to be the front runners to take over NHS Logistics operations.
The staff are represented by the public-sector workers' union UNISON.
Branch secretary Jean Allan said: 'At the moment there is a lot of uncertainty and everyone is worried about their job, pensions and holiday entitlements.
'We fear that any new owners will want to cut pay.
'Our members have a lot of pride working for the NHS and, although we are only a small part, we are a vital part that pumps back any profit made into services.
'The union will play a key role in negotiating terms and conditions with any new owners and do everything it can to secure jobs.'
NHS Logistics works around the clock supplying equipment and meals to hospitals throughout the region.
The Government is expected to rubber-stamp plans to sell the Runcorn depot within the next four months.
Then the business would be sold to the highest bidder.