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Strike negotiations news: PCS to debate national industrial action ballot

A national strike ballot is to be debated by the Public and Commercial Services Union.

16 May 2011

Union bargaining could be prompted by a national strike ballot, scheduled to be carried out by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

The organisation recently set out a number of measures it would be enacting in order to combat government plans to close a fifth of Jobcentre Plus processing offices and call centres.

At the PCS' forthcoming national conference, the first motion to be debated will be the possibility of a national strike ballot over pay cuts, pensions and job security.

Commenting on the proposals, general secretary of the body Mark Serwotka warned that the coalition measures are "deeply flawed and dangerous".

"Instead of cutting jobs, the government should be investing in public services like these to help get people back to work more quickly," he said.

This comes shortly after the Association of School and College Leaders warned that its members are prepared to take "every action necessary" over the issue of pension entitlement.

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