Collective bargaining will cover areas including pay, working hours and holiday arrangements.
UNISON members in Higher Education will shortly be receiving ballot papers.
"All NHS workers, be they directly employed or part of a subsidiary company, should be entitled to the same standards, terms and conditions."
"It’s time our society took the needs of vulnerable people seriously and put more resources into social care.”
“The university has a duty to be a good employer and to serve the local community where they are based."