HMRC faces another strike on 31 January

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HM Revenue & Customs staff could strike on the 31 January self assessment
filing deadline, as they did last year.

Civil servants’ union PCS has
called a ballot to ask its
HMRC members to vote for a strike in response to not receiving guarantees
against enforced redundancies at the embattled department.

Previous assurances against enforced redundancies ran out last September, the
union argued.

‘In the meantime, the job cuts and office closure programme continues to
cause untold distress and havoc to the lives of all PCS members,’ the union said
in a statement on its website.

‘We believe that a failure to offer this guarantee or to commit to a
moratorium, whilst talks progress on any notices of compulsory redundancies or
compulsory moves beyond RDT, provide the basis for our dispute with the

The department is looking to cut 12,500 posts by 2011, having achieved a
similar number of cuts over the past three years.

Last year’s strike saw more than 60% vote in favour. The strike had little
effect on last-minute tax filings.

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