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Thousands of tax workers set to walk out

by Julie Sherry
Issue No. 2308

All PCS union members in HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) hundreds of offices—some 55,000 workers—are set to hold a one day strike next Monday.

They will start an overtime ban the following day. They are defending jobs, services and conditions.

Marianne Owens, who works at HMRC in South Wales, told Socialist Worker, “These attacks threaten our jobs, conditions, and the services we deliver. This is when we know £120 billion tax is uncollected. Schools, hospitals and other services face cuts as a result.”

Rolling walkouts continue across the Department for Transport over jobs, office closures and privatisation.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency workers in Southampton struck for three hours on Thursday of last week, as did admin workers from the Highways Agency. The following day Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency workers held their second two-hour walkout.

PCS members in the Home Office are balloting for strikes over job and pay cuts, privatisation and conditions. The ballot ends on 4 July.

The PCS will hold a consultative ballot of its 6,000 members in Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) call centres until 11 July about whether to strike over terms and conditions.

The PCS DWP group executive is set to meet on Thursday to discuss further strikes across 29 offices in Merseyside and Halton against cuts.

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Tue 19 Jun 2012, 16:56 BST
Issue No. 2308
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