The Amicus trade union is balloting its members in Birmingham city council for strike action over plans to privatise the city’s highways services.
The council wants to outsource the city’s highways, street lighting, maintenance and cleansing services to a private company. The strike ballot is set to finish by 14 November. Industrial action could begin by the end of November, threatening winter gritting, traffic signals and other vital services.
Other unions are also set to ballot on the issue, which means a strike could involve up to 1,000 workers.
An anti-privatisation campaign was also to be launched this week.