Some hospital service workers have voted to strike over the failure of their employer to agree on a pay deal.
The workers are members of the E Tū union who are employed by hospital contractor OCS group.
They work at Hawke's Bay District Health Board and the Wairarapa DHB where they intend striking for 24 hours on 26 February.
E Tū industry coordinator Sam Jones said other hospital service workers employed directly by those DHBs got pay rises last month of up to 40 percent over three years.
He said its members want to settle on the same terms but have received no response from OCS.
Mr Jones added that the DHBs and OCS are each blaming the other, while workers who need the money for school and other costs continue to wait.