Civil Service union PCS is balloting its members as the government faces increasing pressure to scrap its 1 per cent cap on public-sector pay, which has seen civil servants’ pay fall by between £2,000 and £3,500 a year in real terms from 2010 to 2016.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “There is confusion at the heart of government on the issue of public-sector pay.
“Jeremy Hunt says the cap has gone, the Chancellor says it has not.
“We were told the issue would be covered in the Budget, now they appear to be backtracking.
“This chaos can’t continue. All public-sector workers deserve an above-inflation pay rise and the cap needs to be scrapped.”
The consultative ballot is a precursor to a strike ballot.