More than a quarter of a million workers across the civil service in the PCS union will vote on strike action in protest at the government’s pay policy.
The PCS said 270,000 workers would vote from across its membership, including coastguards, passport staff and other government departments.
“What we envisage is ongoing action across our membership from November to February that will be targeted to cause the most disruption possible,” said PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka.
“Faced with pay cuts, pay freezes and increasing financial hardship, civil and public servants will not tolerate the government’s approach to pay which is disproportionately hitting some of the lowest paid in the economy.”
He added that the New Labour government did not have the “faintest idea about the reality of life” as a low paid public service worker.
“We need to challenge the pay policy and coordinate our action and get hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets,” said Serwotka.
“Winning the argument is not enough – it is about winning decent pay for our members.”