BALLOT PAPERS for strike action were to be sent out to some 300,000 civil service workers on Friday of this week.
They are voting on a one-day strike on Friday 5 November to kick off the campaign to save over 100,000 jobs.
There have been meetings across Britain organised by the PCS union to mobilise for the ballot.
Birmingham, Liverpool and Northern Ireland have all seen excellent meetings.
Every PCS area is organising meetings in the next few days.
We are also getting support from leaders of other unions. What we need now is promises of action.
PCS members know that other trade unionists are behind them.
We have to build for the biggest possible yes vote in the ballot, sending a message to the government.
Activists have to talk to every member and recruit non-members to the union.
The government is attacking the public sector.
It is coming for us on jobs, sick pay, pensions and our working conditions.
Management is telling lots of people they will not be affected by the job cuts.
But chancellor Gordon Brown is refusing to give any guarantees.
The truth is that there will be cuts across every department.
The message to every PCS member is that we can win this if we stick together and refuse to allow the government to isolate us from the rest of the trade union movement.