Acas staff balloted over strike action

Staff at the Arbitration and Conciliation Service (Acas) have been balloted on strike action over the organisation’s failure to implement a 2007 pay settlement.

Up to 650 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) working for the conciliation service are considering industrial action because they still haven’t received a pay offer six months after the settlement last August.

The news comes just days after Acas boss Ed Sweeney voiced concern over the potential for increasing turmoil in the public sector to lead to strike action.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is deeply ironic that staff, who mediate in resolving industrial disputes, are themselves being forced into a situation that could involve strike action.”

The ballot for industrial action closes on the 29 February.

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