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|Civil servants walk out over cuts
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Widespread disruption is expected across public services in Scotland as civil servants stage a one-day walkout.
The Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union said action could disrupt court sittings and cause delays in job centres and passport offices.
Other services such as museums and galleries could also be affected.
The union said the strike was in response to Chancellor Gordon Brown's decision in July 2004 to cut more than 100,000 civil service jobs in the UK.
The PCS's main rally is being held in Glasgow at 1200 GMT followed by a march through the city centre.
This marks the beginning of a massive campaign of industrial action unless Gordon Brown sensibly negotiates Eddie ReillyPCS
Picket lines are expected at government offices.
The strike could also have an impact on people submitting their tax returns on the self-assessment deadline.
Eddie Reilly, Scottish secretary of the PCS, said: "Over two years ago, Gordon Brown announced he would cut over 100,000 civil service jobs.
"We have seen almost 40,000 jobs go and our members are now facing the issue of compulsory redundancy notices.
"If we add to that below inflation pay offers over recent years, our members have said enough is enough."
He added: "This marks the beginning of a massive campaign of industrial action unless Gordon Brown sensibly negotiates with us to solve these problems."
Candidates sitting their driving tests could also be affected if examiners choose to strike.
However, the Driving Standards Agency is urging candidates to report anyway.
HM Revenue and Customs said it would aim to maintain a normal service.
There are about 30,000 civil servants in Scotland.