UK PCS union ballots member for strike
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:58:38 GMT
Tens of thousands of British workers member to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are voting on a strike action in a dispute over compulsory redundancies, local media reported.
The ballot was initiated by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union in a protest against a number of job cuts.
Balloting of union members closes on January 10 and the first walkout could be held towards the end of the month, followed by an overtime ban, The Guardianreported.
The union has 80,000 members at the DWP, which is the government’s biggest department.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS union, said, “Ministers repeatedly claim that if people can work, they should. But at a time when welfare services are so important, here we have the very department responsible for getting people back into work and off benefits unnecessarily forcing people into unemployment.”
“In an organization of this size, it is inconceivable that work cannot be found to keep them employed”, he added.