Hundreds of thousands of civil service workers in the PCS union are taking part in a consultative ballot about the next stage in their action against 100,000 job cuts, low pay and privatisation.
The ballot runs until Monday 22 October.
There is an urgent need for a big yes vote and solid action to stop the onslaught on public sector workers.
The union has organised a demonstration in central London on Friday of this week against the compulsory privatisation of ten staff in the department of children, schools and families.
The building where they work, Caxton House, has been transferred to the department for work and pensions.
Every other member of staff will remain with the department of children, schools and families, but ten support staff will be transferred to two private companies.
Demonstrate 12.15pm, Friday 12 October, outside Caxton House, Tothill Street, London SW1. March and rally at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street during lunch hour.