Over 80,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are being balloted to strike over the threatened imposition of a below inflation pay offer.
This would see around 40 percent of staff receive zero percent pay increase next year.
Workers in the DWP are facing tens of thousands of job cuts.
They are angry over bosses’ three year pay offer, which sees cost of living increases for longer serving staff members of 2 percent this year, 0 percent next year and 1 percent in the final year.
The ballot comes as the union has agreed to enter into “meaningful” talks with the cabinet office over job cuts and pay and conditions, and not call any strike action while they are taking place.
This dispute has seen two solid strikes in January and May.
The ballot closes on 26 November.
Activists are pushing for a big yes vote.