Workers at Mears and at Manchester Working with the Unite union will be balloted for industrial action following bosses’ failure to negotiate.
The staff at the two companies undertake maintenance on 12,000 properties managed by Northwards Housing Association in north Manchester.
Unite members have already taken 40 days of strike action over the summer in a dispute over a range of attacks on terms and conditions, including holiday entitlement, changes to working hours and pay differentials which they say leave some workers out of pocket by £3,500 compared with others doing the same role.
Unite regional officer Andy Fisher said they were left with no option but to take industrial action.
“If strike action occurs then urgent repairs will not be undertaken and planned maintenance will be delayed. This will seriously affect tenants but Mears has demonstrated it has no interest in their welfare.”
He called on Manchester Council to step in should Mears refuse to return to the negotiating table.