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HMRC employees set to strike

Industrial action at HM Revenue and Customs is looking more likely following a recent ballot.

15 April 2011

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) looks set to enter strike negotiations after members who work for HM Revenue and Customs voted in favour of staging industrial action.

Many employees have recently expressed their displeasure with changes to the sickness management regime at the body.

The PCS therefore opted to ballot for industrial action - and 84 per cent of respondents voted in favour.

Meanwhile, 59 per cent of those who cast a vote backed the idea of implementing full strike action.

Peter Lockhart, revenue and customs group secretary at the union, was very pleased with the response to the ballot, which had a 41 per cent turnout.

"Coupled with the clear vote in favour of action, it shows how strongly our members feel," he commented.

This comes after Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS, noted there is "growing anger" among its members because the government's policies are causing "unnecessary damage" to communities across the country.
 

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