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Massive public sector strike ballot planned

Hundreds of thousands of jobcentre and benefit office workers, museum staff, driving test examiners and other civil servants are to be balloted on a series of strikes in a worsening dispute over pensions which threatens widespread unrest in the run-up to the general election, it was announced today.
Around 290,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union will be balloted over the next few weeks and will stage their first walkout on March 23 if they support industrial action.

They could be joined by almost one million local government workers who are also being balloted for strikes in protest at changes to their pension arrangements.

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