Strike negotiations could be prompted by PCS ballot
The PCS is set to ballot its members over strikes.
Strike negotiations could be on the cards after the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) announced it would ballot its members on the issue of industrial action.
It explained that more than a quarter of a million workers operating in the public sector are to be consulted on whether to initiate strikes, following an "overwhelming" vote at the organisation's recent annual conference.
Ballot papers are set to be issued from next week - with the consultation due to end in mid-June.
General secretary for the PCS Mark Serwotka, commenting on the announcement, asserted that the economic crisis was not the fault of its members and it is therefore wrong that they should be made a "scapegoat".
In a move that could prompt union bargaining he said: "Everything we have ever worked for is under threat - but we know there is an alternative and we are committed to fighting for it and, if necessary, striking for it."
Earlier in the month, Mr Serwotka warned that coalition proposals on pay cuts and pensions were "deeply flawed and dangerous".