HMRC workers to strike in jobs row

Tax workers are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a long-running dispute over job losses and office closures.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will take part in walkouts over the next three days, threatening disruption to the work of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The union claimed that years of job cuts had led to backlogs and delays as well as the use of private debt collectors.

The union is campaigning against the closure of enquiry centres and the loss of 2,000 jobs.

Strikes will be held across Wales and north west England tomorrow, Scotland and the Midlands on Thursday, and London, the south east, south west and east of England, Yorkshire and Humberside and Northern Ireland on Friday.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "HMRC plays an essential role in our economy and our society, collecting the taxes that fund the other public services we all rely on. But it is being systematically undermined by unnecessary and politically-motivated cuts.

"These strikes demonstrate we are serious about stopping these damaging cuts and making a positive case for proper investment in this crucial department."

A HMRC spokesperson said: "We are very disappointed by the timing of the decision by PCS to call a strike to coincide with the tax credits renewals deadline.

"It is a great shame that the union is asking HMRC staff to strike, deliberately putting the livelihoods of hard working families at risk to further an industrial dispute.

"We will do everything we can to minimise the impact on tax credits claimants, and we urge them to renew online at www.gov.uk/renewtaxcredits, to avoid the long delays that the strike will cause on the phone."

The union said the strikes were timed to coincide with the deadline for tax credit renewals and a key date for self assessment payments.

The walkouts follow a series of rolling stoppages last month.

Business

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

173744

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

Why I am raving about Lady Gaga, the Hanoi Bike Shop and Scotland’s Ambulance crew

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

What have you done to your face Renee Zellweger

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.