Around 270,000 civil service workers are to vote from next week on striking over redundancy terms.
This is set to be a crucial battle in the war to defend workers’ rights and conditions from a government onslaught.
They are battling against the government’s plans to cut the terms of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
These are the pay-outs due to workers when they are made redundant.
The government wants major job losses across the civil service as a way of helping it pay for its budget deficit.
The ballot of members of the PCS union begins on Wednesday of next week and ends on 25 February.
PCS members are prepared to defend their rights.
More than 80 percent of them said at meetings last year that industrial action should be considered if the government did not back down.
Activists will mobilise the biggest possible resistance.
Paul McGoay, the PCS Identity and Passport Service group president, said, “We need to win the biggest possible yes vote in the ballot.
“This is also a chance to recruit people into the PCS as the issue affects everyone and many workers will want to join to defend their rights.”