Top civil servants to strike over pensions
Britain's most senior civil servants have voted to join 1.5 million other public sector workers in a major pre-election strike over pensions.
Top Whitehall administrators, tax inspectors and lawyers are to walk out with dustmen, dinner ladies and Jobcentre staff on 23 March. Other 24-hour stoppages could also take place ahead of the expected general election on 5 May.
The FDA union, representing the highest grades in Whitehall, said 68 per cent of its 10,000 members had voted to stop work in what would be the biggest single walkout since the General Strike of 1926.
The moderate FDA, formerly the First Division Association, said its members last took industrial action in 1981.
It was hoped that talks later this week between the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, and the leaders of local authority unions - which are also calling a strike on 23 March - would lead to more general talks which would include the representatives of civil servants.
- 1 Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 5 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
Mohammed Emwazi: Nine things we know about Isis militant 'Jihadi John'
What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
'Jihadi John': Mohammed Emwazi – from British computer programmer to Isis executioner
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
salary equal to £40K pro-rata: Sauce Recruitment: Are you available to start a...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Creative Front-End Developer - Claph...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The role in this successful eco...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: QA Tester - London - £30,000 QA Tes...