Socialist Worker

Strikes now can save tax office jobs

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2481

Cdivil service workers protested in Dundee on Friday of last week against plans to close a tax office that could see 130 sacked.

Bosses at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plan to close 137 offices across Britain—cutting 6,000 jobs.

HMRC workers and their supporters were set to protest in Bootle, Liverpool, on Wednesday of this week, where some 3,000 workers could lose their jobs.

The workers’ PCS union wants a public consultation and parliamentary review into the closure.

PCS rep Rachael Paton, who organised the protest outside the Caledonian House office in Dundee, said it was “too early to talk about industrial action”.

But it will take more than consultations and reviews to save jobs. There should be more protests like the ones in Dundee and Bootle.

And the PCS should ballot for strikes to stop the attacks.

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