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HMRC civil service workers to strike

Issue No. 2009

Around 8,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union working for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in ten Large Processing Offices (LPOs) across Britain were set to strike on Friday of this week.

They are protesting about the deskilling of work.

Almost 80 percent voted in favour of a one day strike against the introduction of new working practices called “Lean”.

Staff are claiming that they have to work in a culture of corporate bullying, with their work being deskilled and in some cases leading them to exposure to the risk of repetitive strain injury.

HMRC management have rejected moves by the PCS to reach a negotiated outcome.

The ten LPOs set to strike are Centre One for Glasgow and East Kilbride, Nema for Newcastle and Northumberland, Chapel Wharf in Salford, Sefton in Liverpool, Wrexham, Cardiff, East Hants & Wight in Portsmouth, Leicester & Northants, West Yorks and Craven in Bradford and Lothians in Edinburgh.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said, “The support for a one day strike shows how angry members are at being forced to meet unreasonable targets as their work is deskilled and they are reduced to nothing more than robots.

“Senior management need to start engaging constructively on the issue with the union before ploughing ahead with the roll out of such demoralising working practices.”

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Sat 15 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2009
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