HMRC staff strike action

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

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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.

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.

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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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