HMRC reaches strike truce with union

A WALKOUT of HM Revenue & Customs staff has been averted after negotiations between the department and the Public and Commercial Service union.

Two strikes had been scheduled to take place this week, but have been put on hold for two months, allowing for further talks over job cuts and privatisation.

The truce sees 1,000 new jobs guaranteed, considers the use of temporary and fixed-term workers, and involves the union in HMRC’s trial use of private companies to run contact centres.

PCS Revenue and Customs group secretary Peter Lockhart said in a statement: “Our members’ campaigning efforts have already made a real difference but these measures do not change the fact that staffing levels are still being significantly reduced. We must continue to build our political campaigning efforts to achieve permanent guarantees over job cuts.”

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