By Marcus Leach

The PCS union is threatening a walkout by hundreds of thousands of public sector workers ahead of results of a ballot over pension changes, pay freezes and job cuts.

The union is expecting the votes by their members to be in favour of strike action when the final results are announced on June 15th.

Further strike action could spell bad news, following on from two teachers' unions both backing strike action, although the government warned any co-ordinated action would be a 'mistake'.

On Tuesday the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers both agreed to strike in unison, a move that will affect millions of students across the country.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS union, warned that up to three-quarters of a million people could take co-ordinated strike action on June 30th.

"These results send a clear message to the government that public-sector workers do not believe they should be made to pay with their pensions for a recession they did not cause, and we send our support and solidarity to all NUT and ATL members," he said.

"All the experts who have looked at public-sector pensions, including the government's own adviser, Lord Hutton, agree they are affordable now and in the future.

"The government is isolated in its belief there is a need to cut pensions even further and the only conclusion to draw is that ideology is replacing reality."

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