PCS members in HMRC’s Crown House office in Wolverhampton are being balloted for strike action and a work to rule from today (17), in opposition to the department’s plans to close their office.
Having consulted members, PCS has ascertained that if the office closes, at least half of the workforce will be unable to transfer to the proposed regional centre in Birmingham, leaving many members at serious risk of redundancy.
This means that PCS members in Wolverhampton will join members in Ealing, who are already striking in the fight to get HMRC to reconsider their ill-considered ‘Building Our Future’ programme.
The industrial action ballot is scheduled to begin on 17 April and runs until 1 May.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka has already assured members in HMRC that the union will fully support any members willing to take action to defend their offices and jobs.
Martin Kelsey, PCS Revenue and Customs group secretary, said:
“With a second HMRC office now balloting for action, clearly, as closure dates grow closer, PCS members in the group are now growing in their determination to defend their jobs, and the vital service they provide.”