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Press watch: HMRC workers ‘vote for strike’

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‘Revenue and Customs workers have voted in favour of a strike in a dispute over job cuts and privatisation.

‘The Public and Commercial Services union, which has 55,000 members in the department including tax advisers and call centre staff, said 52.8% of 18,300 voters had backed a strike. The PCS is opposing plans to cut 10,000 posts by 2014/15.

‘The union says it makes "no economic sense" to make cuts that will reduce effectiveness at collecting taxes. "The government should be investing to improve services, tackle the tax dodgers and get our economy back on its feet," said PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka.

‘There was a 33.3% turnout for the vote, in which more than three-quarters of voters backed other forms of industrial action short of a strike ...

'A Revenue and Customs spokesman said: "HMRC is disappointed with the decision to strike and will do everything it can to maintain services to the public. We are seeking dialogue with the PCS to address their concerns and will work to minimise any disruption to customers in the event of strike action."'

BBC News website, 1 June 2012