The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has announced that civil servants are to stage a second strike over pay and pensions following an initial walkout on Budget day.

The union is planning three months of industrial strike action starting with a 24-hour protest on Wednesday 20 March, the day of George Osbourne’s budget announcement.

PCS confirmed that 250,000 members working for government departments and bodies would join a half-day strike on 5 April, the end of the tax year.

Accusing the government of refusing to negotiate over cuts, PCS members, who include customs, immigration, benefits and Jobcentre staff, want a 5% pay rise, or £1,200.

The government has said the strike action is futile.

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