Qinetiq workers vote on action

Key British military equipment programmes could be disrupted as workers at Qinetiq move a step closer to strike action today. Unions representing almost half of the defence research company&rsquo;s 8,000 employees will send out ballot papers, after discussions over pay broke down last week. Unions are condemning an &ldquo;autocratic&rdquo; decision by management to freeze basic salaries.<br /><br />A spokesman for Prospect said that the results would be announced on 1 June and strikes could be as early as the middle of June.