Strike action closes Revenue and Customs offices
Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise offices around the country have been forced to close as a result of strike action today, according to the Public and Commercial Services Union.
As many as 200,000 civil servants have reportedly stayed at home today in protest against the government’s proposed sweeping job cuts, in what amounts to the biggest ever civil service strike.
A spokeswoman for the PCS said that Revenue contact centres are down and ‘large Revenue offices throughout the north and north west are closed, particularly Manchester and Liverpool’.
In Northen Ireland, 90% of Inland Revenue staff were on strike.
To deal with the strike, the Revenue has instructed senior managers to filter down to the shop floor to help ease the chaos. A spokesman said it was ‘too early to say’ what effect the strike was having.