Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Ipswich: Tax workers join strike against job cuts at HMRC

PUBLISHED: 13:30 24 June 2014 | UPDATED: 13:30 24 June 2014

HM Revenue & Customs members of the PCS union take strike action

HM Revenue & Customs members of the PCS union take strike action

Archant

Tax workers in Ipswich were set to go on strike today against job cuts.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) members of the PCS union at Haven House, Lower Brook Street and St Clare House, Princes Street, are taking part in a week of rolling action.

In February, HMRC announced that nearly 300 walk-in tax offices around the UK were to close and be replaced by a new phone-based service, supported by pre-arranged face-to-face interviews when necessary.

Union bosses say closure of the public counter at St Clare House and 50 voluntary redundancies in April have resulted in worsened services to the public.

3 comments

  • The workers whom are taking this action have every right to be very worried !, apparently the 'service' is being lined up for 'Privatisation' !, Cameron refused to answer the question in The House of Commons today at PMQ's !!

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • It's part of a campaign against job losses totalling over 30,000 in six years. Given that HMRC is the one government department that returns an actual profit I can see their point, closing enquiry centres is a nonsense. Also, in St. Clare House they are the only occupants, on three floors out of eleven in that building, so when HMRC close those offices as part of their rationalisation towards only 18 major locations in the country (Ipswich not one of them) in the next few years it'll be yet another empty multi-storey building in Ipswich.

    Report this comment

    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • It's a week of strikes across the entire country: Monday 23 June: Scotland and northern England Tuesday 24 June: Yorkshire and Humberside, and eastern England Wednesday 25 June: London and the south east, and south west England Thursday 26 June: Midlands and Northern Ireland Friday 27 June: North west England and Wales Sorry to have to do your job for you, but I can read the press release better than you can, it seems.

    Report this comment

    Origami Penguin

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Inspired by tragic loss, heartfelt thanks or loved ones gone to soon - dozens of brave souls came together in appreciation of Suffolk’s largest hospital today.

The Stowmarket magician Matt Edwards is on Britain’s Got Talent sister show Britain’s Got More Talent tonight (May 27)

With the UK terror threat level being lowered to ‘severe’, Suffolk’s Chief Constable Gareth Wilson has reassured residents that policing will remain more highly visible for the coming weekend.

The mother of missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague, 23, has said as the days turn to months, it is difficult to remain positive.

The farmer who played a pivotal role in shaping and modernising the organisation behind next week’s Suffolk Show says he is very thankful for the support he has received.

Political campaigning is often unpredictable – and so it proved when we joined the Labour and Conservative teams fighting the marginal seat of Ipswich on Saturday morning.

The threat of a terrorist attack has been lowered by the government – meaning troops should no longer be patrolling the streets after Monday evening.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24