02/10/2014 05:16 EST | Updated 04/12/2014 05:59 EDT

Home support workers in Halifax reject offer, strike countdown soon begins

HALIFAX - The union representing 420 home support workers in Halifax says its members have rejected a contract offer from the management of Northwood.

The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union says the workers want contract parity with those doing the same work in hospitals.

At a meeting Sunday of Local 34, the union says 97 per cent those who voted rejected the offer after conciliation talks broke down last week.

The workers provide home support for Northwood throughout Halifax.

The union says a 14-day countdown to a strike will begin on Thursday, the day after the conciliator files a report.

The union's contract expired on March 31, 2012.