PCS has organised a rally in Stockton on October 21 to protest against the closure of the local HMRC office and to demand fair pay for public sector workers.
PCS is fighting the proposed closure of the Revenue and Customs office at George Stephenson House in Thornaby-on-Tees, which could lead to the loss of 650 jobs. Two other sites in nearby Middlesbrough are also threatened with closure. Local MPs and the Tees Valley mayor are supporting the PCS campaign to ‘Keep Jobs Local’.
HMRC’s programme of office closures can be linked to the government’s wider cuts agenda, and to the cap on civil service pay.
The rally in Stockton on Saturday will be a joint demonstration against the office closures and the pay cap.
The march will assemble at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday 21 October at Stockton Library, Church Road, Stockton TS18 1TU and the rally will take place at 12 noon on the High Street.
Speakers will include PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka and the regional secretaries of UNISON and the NTUC, as well as other local union leaders.
What you can do
Show your support for the PCS campaign to defend Teesside jobs by:
- Attending the rally in Teesside if you can, or look out for similar events in your area.
- Sending a message of support to R&CGroup@pcs.org.uk
Show your support for the PCS campaign to scrap the pay cap by:
- Making sure you have your say on the pay cap by voting in our consultative ballot.
- Using our pay calculator to see how much the pay cap has cost you.