Mass public sector strikes on the agenda
Widespread strike action could take place across the public sector within a matter of months.
Strike negotiations could soon be required after a union revealed it is calling on public sector employees to stage a walkout.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is unhappy with changes to the pension regime and the current freeze in salaries.
As a result, it is planning to ballot its members on possible strike action, which if approved could take place in June 2011.
The group is calling on more than 250,000 people to cast a vote on the issue and help force the government into changing its position.
Janice Godrich, national president of the PCS, described the pay and pensions reforms as an "ideological attack" on public servants who "did nothing" to cause the current economic crisis.
She confirmed that the organisation is coordinating its efforts with other unions in order to ensure the public sector strikes have the "widest possible support to put maximum pressure on the government".
This comes after it emerged that employees at the Equality and Human Rights Commission are considering strike action in protest at the extent to which its budget is being cut.