270,000 Public Sector Workers Balloted on Strike Action

The BBC reports that Job Centre, HM Revenue & Customs and immigration workers are being balloted on strike action.

If the Public and Commercial Services Union gets a result in favour of action, then workers will stage a 2-day strike in March, and could be followed by further action in April. The PCS is pressing for a 'yes' vote in favour of action.

The dispute centres around proposed cutbacks in the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS), the redundancy and early retirement payment scheme for the civil service. The PCS is also threatening legal action against the cuts, which are designed to save £500M.