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Ipswich: Tax workers join strike against job cuts at HMRC

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

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

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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.

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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 !!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Origami Penguin

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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