Trade union claims victory in HMRC strike

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has claimed victory in its 24
hour strike yesterday which saw thousands of Revenue and Customs staff take part
in industrial action in ten processing centres across the country.

Over 90% of members stayed away from work, PCS claimed.

The strike was organised to protest against the introduction of working
practices which the union believes is leading to the deskilling of work,
excessive individual monitoring and exposure to repetitive strain injury..

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary described the strike as a ‘magnificent
show of support’, which he said illustrated ‘the depth of anger that senior
management have provoked amongst staff by railroading through outmoded working
practices that reduce people to little more than robots’.

A spokesman for Revenue and Customs said it was ‘very disappointed with the
PCS decision to reinstate industrial action having initially called it off.

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