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Home Office staff to go on strike today

Home Office staff will go on strike today in the latest phase of three months of industrial action by civil servants in a dispute over pay, jobs and terms and conditions.

There will be walkouts for the rest of the week in different sections of the department, the Public and Commercial Services union said.

Immigration and asylum staff will strike today, with Border Force staff taking action at a later date.

These strikes come as the department faces more scrutiny for its failure to support staff and the people who rely on the services they provide.

While other civil service departments recognise our dispute is with a Government that is refusing to negotiate with us, the Home Office appears to want to make it into a battle against its own workforce.

– Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary

Strikes planned to 'cause disruption at key times'

Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) said, today's strikes by Revenue and Customs staff are part of an "ongoing campaign" to "cause disruption for the Government at key times". He added:

Civil and public servants are working harder than ever to provide the services we all rely on but instead of rewarding them, the Government is imposing cuts to their pay, raiding their pensions and trying to rip up their basic working conditions.

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Half-day walkout for Revenue and Customs workers

Thousands of Revenue and Customs workers will stage a half-day walkout today, marking the latest phase of industrial action by civil servants.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which has over 50,000 members in HM Revenue and Customs, will stage picket lines outside offices across the country.

Thousands will participate in a half-day strike today Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A 24-hour strike in the Home Office and UK Border Agency planned for today was postponed after a legal challenge.

It will now be escalated to a week-long series of walkouts across various parts of the department in a fortnight's time.

Revenue and Customs staff set to go on strike

Thousands of staff from Revenue and Customs will go on strike tomorrow in the latest phase of months of industrial action by civil servants in a row over jobs, pensions and terms and conditions.

Members of the PCS Union will stage a half-day walkout until lunchtime. Officials say it will disrupt the start of the new tax year.

These strikes are part of an ongoing campaign of industrial action and protests to cause disruption for the Government at key times and put pressure on ministers who are refusing to even talk to us.

Civil and public servants are working harder than ever to provide the services we all rely on but instead of rewarding them, the Government is imposing cuts to their pay, raiding their pensions and trying to rip up their basic working conditions.

– Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary

Unions in talks to 'fight back' against cuts

Asked if he was talking with other union leaders about a general strike, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told Murnaghan on Sky News:

We are definitely having a discussion about generalised strike action.

More imminently than that we are having the beginnings of a much more detailed discussion between unions who have real industrial issues in front of them now about co-ordinating their efforts to ensure that our attempts to fight back and defend our members is more effective.

My own opinion is that what the Government is doing is getting so increasingly unpopular that even a 24-hour strike involving millions of people across the economy would be an incredibly important moment.

It would show that people can fight back and say we don't just have to accept our lot.

PCS union in talks with others over general strike

Mark Serwotka (pictured) is negotiating details of a general strike. Credit: PA

A union leader has confirmed he is in talks with counterparts about staging a general strike.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), said discussions were under way about action that would show people can "fight back".

It comes after it emerged last week that Unite had submitted documents to the TUC calling for a 24-hour general strike against austerity measures.

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Civil service walkout to hit workplaces this afternoon

PCS members are set to take part in a walkout this afternoon Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A walkout by Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members is set to hit workplaces across the UK this afternoon.

Starting at 1pm, PCS members will take part in a half-day strike to tie in with a three month campaign over pay and pension disputes.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "These walkouts, following our strike on budget day, are part of an ongoing campaign of industrial action and protests to put pressure on a government that is refusing to even talk to us.

"We have asked for talks but ministers and senior officials have refused, so we are taking action to oppose and shine a light on what are deeply unfair and unnecessary cuts to the living standards of hard-working public servants."

Civil servants to stage 24-hour strike on Budget day

Civil servants will stage a 24-hour strike on Budget day today, in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

It is thought up to 250,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will join the walkout, which will hit job centres, border control at airports, tax offices and courts.

Demonstrators against the Government's controversial public sector pension reforms in March 2012

A half day of action has also been called on April 5th, as part of a three month long campaign of action.

Picket lines will be placed outside government offices, museums, galleries and the Houses of Parliament.

Civil servants plan second walkout in pay row

Civil servants have planned a second walkout in a row over pay, following their Budget day strike.

Almost 250,000 members who work in government departments and its related bodies will hold a half-day walkout on April 5, the Public and Commercial Services union said.

A 24-hour stoppage has been called by the union on Wednesday after accusing the Government of refusing to negotiate over cuts.

A three-month programme of industrial action is also being planned, along with a fresh campaign against tax avoidance and evasion.

Cabinet defends pay and pensions reforms

The Government said "pay restraint" had helped protect jobs and its pensions remain "among the very best available" after civil servants announced a strike:

The Government took the tough decision to freeze public sector pay for two years, while protecting those earning under £21,000 by increasing their pay by at least £250 per year.

Pay restraint has helped to protect jobs in the public sector and support high- quality public services.

In March 2012 we set out our final proposed agreements on pension reform following more than a year of intensive discussions with trade unions.

These reforms will ensure that public sector pensions will remain among the very best available and that they can be sustained for future generations.

– Cabinet Office spokesman
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