PCS union ballots members over potential staff cuts at Learning and Skills Council.

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is facing the threat of industrial action over its plans to cut more than a third of its workforce, according to the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

More than 2,000 PCS members began receiving ballot papers today over plans to axe 1,120 jobs by June of this year.

The union said the one-day strike would severely disrupt the government’s skills agenda.

PCS general-secretary, Mark Serwotka, said: “The manner in which the LSC is approaching [this] is ill thought out, chaotic and unacceptable and will damage the delivery of vocational courses, apprenticeships and adult learning in England.”

PCS also condemned plans by the LSC to use assessment centres to decide who to make redundant, rather than attempting to retrain staff.

The ballot closes on 7 April.

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