Civil service workers in the PCS union are facing a crucial few months in their battle for jobs and pensions.
Gordon Brown wants to slash 104,000 jobs in the civil service. Talks over pensions are due to end in September.
If there are attacks such as raising the pension age or getting rid of the final salary pension scheme there should be a national ballot.
There is a continuing strike submission in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in London. There have been around 200 meetings in DWP offices across London. All of them have voted by around 90 percent to strike against the job cuts.
There is an enormous mood for action. But the union is delaying a ballot.
The union must act. Where cuts are announced there should be ballots in local workplaces and across the government departments.