WORKERS at a firm which supplies electricity to more than 3.7 million homes in the North East, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire are to stage a seven-day strike over pay.
The GMB union said 1,100 staff at CE Electric will walk out on September 5.
The workers maintain and repair overground and underground cables and facilities to keep power to homes and businesses across the regions.
GMB members voted by 88% to take strike action after protesting that their pay had fallen behind wage rates in other utilities.
GMB official Joan Anderson said: “These workers are totally underpaid in comparison with other workers in the rest of the utility industries.
“They work in a highly profitable industry and keep it going day in and day out while the proceeds go elsewhere.
“They have had enough of this and they want to see it sorted out. The management must listen to the voice of their workers and come forward with a pay plan which will deliver comparability for these workers.”