Britains largest civil service union is balloting around 280,000 workers for industrial action in response to government job-cuts.
If the 24 hour strike goes ahead, it is likely to affect over 200 government departments, and will coincide with the deadline for self-assessment tax returns on 31 January.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said that workers are unhappy with the forced redundancies and below inflation pay offers. It added that the use of external consultants was spiralling out of control.
The decision to ballot for industrial action to secure assurances on job security and services, in addition to pay and privatisation could have been avoided if the government had sought to meaningfully negotiate, said PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka.
The Cabinet Office has respond...