5 April 2012
They will walk out for two hours between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday, 10 April.
The Balfour Beatty employees are angry that around 300 colleagues are facing compulsory redundancy on the lowest pay-off terms allowed by law.
The strikers work in call centres, job centres and offices across the UK (see regional contacts below).
Around 700 PCS members work for Balfour Beatty on a contract to provide the DWP with services including messengers, typists and telephone staff.
In a ballot 59% of those taking part voted for strike action, while 80% voted for action short of a strike.
The two hour walkout will be followed by industrial action short of a strike, including an overtime ban.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, said: "This dispute is a result of privatisation creating a two tier workforce.
“Balfour Beatty staff work alongside civil servants but are treated much worse. There has been no attempt to redeploy people facing redundancy and the terms on offer are the lowest the company can get away with and stay within the law.
“It is also ridiculous to cut staff in jobcentres and DWP call centres when unemployment is rising and more people need help to find work or to claim benefits.
“The government should be creating jobs to stimulate the economy – not cutting back even more.”
Strike locations include Glasgow, Watford, Cardiff, Washington, Fylde, and London.