Revenue set for 5 November strike
A one-day strike to protest against government plans to cut 100,000 civil service jobs has been announced by the Public and Commercial Services Union.
The 5 November strike will effect the Inland Revenue which has established ’emergency contingency measures’ to help cope on the day.
While it is impossible to predict the extent of the strikes, a Revenue spokesman said it would move senior managers back down to ensure things run as smoothly as possible, including tax credit payments.
‘We are disappointed that the PCS feels it needs to take this course of action,’ a Revenue spokesman said.
PCS members voted by 2 to 1 to the measures. ‘It is a stand, which says they won’t tolerate the government’s slash and burn approach to public services,’ said Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary.
‘The people going on strike on 5 November aren’t faceless bureaucrats, but people providing essential services that are consistently taken for granted.’