Over 250,000 civil servants may strike in run up to the election

MORE than a quarter of a million civil servants could go on strike ahead of this year’s general election in a dispute over changes to redundancy pay, a trade union said yesterday.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents civil and public servants in central government, is to hold a strike ballot of 270,000 of its members between 4 and 25 February.

The first strikes would take place on the week of 8 March, the PCS said, followed by a rolling programme of strikes across different government departments. An election will probably be held on 6 May.

The proposed strike action is over changes to the terms of compensation for civil service staff who are made compulsorily redundant or who volunteer for early retirement.