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Resistance needed to stop the spreading civil service jobs massacre

Issue No. 2489

A PCS union armband

A PCS union armband (Pic: Duncan Brown)


Civil service bosses announced plans to slash jobs across a number of departments last week.

Bosses at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced that they plan to force some 150 workers to take compulsory redundancy.

The redundancies are part of a government plan to shut some 137 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax offices across Britain. The plan could see thousands of jobs slashed—just as tax-dodging scandals have hit the headlines.

A public planning meeting for the campaign to save the HMRC office in Bootle, Merseyside, was set to take place this Wednesday.

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said it plans to close its office in Sheffield, moving work to London.

The move could see as many as 250 jobs lost.

A further 100 jobs could be slashed as BIS bosses say they plan to close more offices across Britain.

HM Passport Office has announced plans to close

16 passport interview offices across Britain.

The plans could see some 64 workers sacked, with closures planned for March and May of this year.

The PCS union has said it is opposed to all the attacks. It will take strikes to save jobs.


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Tue 2 Feb 2016, 16:30 GMT
Issue No. 2489
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