As PCS HMRC members walk out of the closure-threatened Ealing office at noon next Wednesday (20) PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka will join them on their picket line.
Mark will speak at the rally as the first HMRC-specific strike action for at least 5 years gets under way, supported by PCS members opposing the closure of their west London office.
International House, in Ealing, could close as early as 2020, putting many staff at risk of redundancy.
More than 84% voted in favour of striking, and 95% backed action short of a strike on a 57% turnout in a ballot which ended yesterday.
The branch is planning a series of strikes in March and April, and members will refuse to do non-contractual overtime from 20 March.
The following action is planned:
- a half-day strike starting at noon on 20 March
- a further half-day strike commencing at noon on 26 March
- a one-day strike on 3 April
- a 3-day strike commencing on 10 April.
HMRC, which has already lost tens of thousands of years of tax experience as a direct result of its misnamed Building Our Future proposals which will see 90% of HMRC offices closed and replaced by fewer than 20 ‘regional centres and specialist sites’.
During the campaign to date, as well as holding a number of well-attended meetings, we have already held demonstrations and organised petitions. We have also secured political support for our campaign from the local MP Rupa Huq, Ealing council and the shadow chancellor John McDonnell.