The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has said that around 100,000 of civil servants have voted for strike action over a pay, pensions and jobs dispute.
The legal threshold for strike action has been reached across 126 separate areas the PCS union said, which will cover Border Force officials, Jobcentre staff and driving test examiners.
The union has warned the government that unless they receive “substantial proposals” they will announce on 18 November a programme of “sustained industrial action.”
General secretary Mark Serwotka said, “The government must look at the huge vote for strike action across swathes of the Civil Service and realise it can no longer treat its workers with contempt.
“Our members have spoken and if the government fails to listen to them, we’ll have no option than to launch a prolonged programme of industrial action reaching into every corner of public life.
“Civil servants have willingly and diligently played a vital role in keeping the country running during the pandemic but enough is enough.
“The stress of working in the civil service, under the pressure of the cost-of-living crisis, job cuts and office closures means they’ve reached the end of their tethers.
“We are calling on the government to respond positively to our members’ demands. They have to give our members a 10% pay rise, job security, pensions justice and protected redundancy terms.”