PCS members in Acas, the government conciliation service, have voted for action over pay.
The workers have sent a clear message to the employer by voting by 62 percent for strike action and by 79 percent for action short of a strike. The turnout in the ballot was 49 percent.
Unlike other areas of the PCS that are in dispute over below inflation pay offers, Acas members have not even received an offer.
Acas’s parent department has not yet authorised management’s pay remit for a settlement due in August of last year, so no negotiations have taken place.
Members have been waiting for seven months and based on the remit submitted by Acas any eventual offer will fall short of PCS minimum requirements.