WORKERS IN the Inland Revenue took action which crashed the entire national tax computer system last Friday. The workers, members of the PCS union, staged what they dubbed a 'Flexi-Protest Day'. This meant all workers sticking to their core hours of 10am to 4pm with a half hour lunch break. In Leeds over 200 staff marched into the Castle House office at 10am.
The action meant the management could offer no telephone or counter service to the public until 10am. The effect of most of the revenue staff then logging on to their computers at 10am was to crash the revenue computer system. One worker said, 'Very little work got done on Friday.' Friday's action was part of a range of actions workers are taking as part of their campaign for a decent pay rise after rejecting management's 2.5 percent offer.