DWP and HMRC staff on strike
Civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are striking over cuts this week in a series of regional walkouts.
Members of the PCS union are striking as part of the union’s three-month civil service-wide campaign of industrial action over pay, pensions and jobs.
They are also campaigning against government plans to close 281 of HMRC’s walk-in tax advice centres in the UK, diverting inquiries to job centres.
PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said: “These workers are the backbone of our country's public services and do not deserve to be treated with contempt by ministers who are refusing to even talk to us about the cuts they are imposing.
“Collecting even a fraction of the money we lose through tax dodging by wealthy individuals and organisations would make it impossible for the government to claim it has no choice but to cut billions from the welfare budget for sick, disabled and unemployed people.”
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