Socialist Worker

Strikes needed to save tax office jobs

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2482

Workers at an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax office in Bootle, Merseyside, protested on Wednesday of last week against plans to close the office.

This follows a protest by workers in Dundee last month.

HMRC bosses have announced plans to close 137 tax offices across Britain—including the one in Bootle.

The Tories’ plans would mean as many as 8,000 jobs could be slashed. And many more could lose their jobs if they can’t relocate to one the 13 planned regional centres.

The PCS union is calling for a parliamentary review and public consultation.

But strikes are needed to beat the attacks—the union should call a ballot immediately.

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