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The biggest civil service union is seeking legal advice on whether to challenge the government over laws on balloting for industrial action, the Press Association reports, The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said legislation should be changed as postal balloting was an “archaic and outdated” method of voting. The union recently lost a ballot for strikes over pay when the 50% threshold for those taking part was not reached.

General secretary Mark Serwotka said:

Our analysis of our recent unsuccessful ballot shows that the method of voting was the biggest barrier to participation. If we had e-balloting, we are certain we would have beat the threshold. Some of our members have never posted a letter but everyone has sent an email or used social media. It is a violation of our members’ human rights and we are looking into the possibility of challenging the Government in the courts if we can.

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