Hundreds of civil servants staged a walkout in a dispute over Government plans to cut 10,000 jobs nationally and close offices.
Around 95 per cent of the 400 workers at the HMRC offices in Peterlee who are members of the PCS (Public and Commercial Services) union, went on strike yesterday.
It was part of a national day of action across revenue and customs staff and was the first day in a week of rolling industrial action across the country.
The union could also join 1.5m public sector workers in a walkout on July 10 over a Government offer of a pay rise of just 1 per cent.
PCS northern regional secretary Simon Elliott said: “The key is the strong support we have had across the region and that’s been borne out in Peterlee where over 90 per cent of staff have stayed away from work.
“The Government is threatening to cut another 10,000 HMRC jobs and they have already closed a whole number of offices and have already cut about 10,000 jobs.
“The Department has a vision for reducing HMRC staff down to a handful of regional offices.
“There has been a threat to HMRC offices for a long time, but this HMRC vision is a relatively new thing that’s come out in 2014.”
As well as the Peterlee staff, civil servants in the rest of the North-East, Cumbria and Scotland also staged walkouts yesterday.
Source – Hartlepool Mail, 23 June 2014