Jobcentre workers in the PCS union in Merseyside have voted to strike over compulsory job transfers, it was announced last week.
Workers voted to strike by 297 votes to 182. Action short of a strike was supported by 364 votes to 96.
Some 150 of the jobcentre staff are expected to be moved to call centres.
This would mean a 28 percent reduction of jobcentre staff in the area.
As unemployment rises, union members warn that more jobcentre workers are needed—not fewer.