Union vote: Civil servants go to court over job-loss terms

The Government is to face a legal challenge over changes to a new Civil Service Compensation Scheme after a huge rejection by members of the biggest Whitehall trade union.

The Public and Commercial Services union said 90 per cent of its members who took part in a ballot refused to back the new scheme, covering redundancy terms when civil servants lose their jobs.

More than 80,000 union members voted, a third of those balloted, and the union announced yesterday it would now mount a legal challenge in the High Court in London next week.

The Government expressed disappointment with the ballot result but said it would have no impact on the reforms, which are already in place.

The union said civil servants stood to lose tens of thousands of pounds under the new scheme, which the Government announced last year.