Around 270,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union began balloting this week to reject the government’s attacks on their redundancy pay.
The Tories want to reduce this massively in preparation for making mass sackings across the civil service.
PCS members struck for three days and won a high court case against Labour’s proposals earlier this year.
The PCS and the Prison Officers Association have both rejected the Tories’ new, worse offer. The PCS is calling on its members to vote to reject the new scheme. The ballot runs until 14 January.
Members will also be asked to back the union’s strategy to resist other attacks at a series of nation-wide union meetings.
Activists are arguing the PCS should coordinate with other unions to strike in defence of pensions.