Members of the Prospect civil service workers union at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) are voting on strikes after the Serco company tabled a 0 percent pay offer.
Management have dubbed this a “pay pause”. This is despite the company being valued at £2.7 billion with record profits of £194.7 million last year.
Workers have recently experienced a wave of redundancies after the government cut £4.5 million from the NPL’s budget for specific areas of measurement.
NPL is a centre of excellence for developing the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology to help British industry.
The ballot ends on 11 May.