PCS union members in Revenue and Customs are to be balloted for strikes in the coming weeks over imposed changes to attendance policy.
The changes will mean workers have to take leave to attend medical or dental appointments (excluding disability adjustment leave and pregnancy appointments) or go in their own time.
Management will be able to start dismissal procedures for sick absence sooner—after five days in a 12 month period rather than the previous ten day agreement.
The new policies were imposed without negotiation.
The PCS believe that this is a cynical move to achieve 13,000 job cuts on the cheap.
The ballot starts on the 23 March and closes on the 13 April.