Tax office workers to stage 24-hour walk-out

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TAX office workers in Portsmouth are due to strike tomorrow over pay and working conditions.

Workers from Wingfield House, in Commercial Road, and Lynx House, in Northern Road, Cosham, will be staging a 24-hour walkout from 7am.

The action comes as part of the Public and Commercial Union’s (PCS) campaign over pay, terms and conditions, tax justice and the proposed closure of enquiry centres across the UK.

As previously reported, HMRC told employees the Wingfield House office is due to close by March 31, 2015, workers will move to Lynx House.

Patrick Smyth, chairman of the Portsdown Vectis branch, represents 850 members working in HM Revenue and Customs.

He said: ‘Our members want proper negotiations over pay and our terms and conditions. The government is not talking so we are walking out.’

Members of PCS will be holding a stall in the Cascades shopping centre in Portsmouth, and will be giving out leaflets between 11.30am to 1pm.