Support the second Ealing Tax office walkout

25 Mar 2019

Show support for PCS HMRC members who are holding their second walkout at noon tomorrow (26) to oppose the closure of their west London office.

International House, in Ealing, could close as early as 2020, putting many staff with many years of experience at risk of redundancy.

More than 84% voted in favour of striking, and 95% backed action short of a strike in a ballot last month.

More than 150 PCS HMRC members walked out the office at noon on the first day of ction last Wednesday greeted by applause and support from the public and our general secretary Mark Serwotka.

HMRC 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’. The National Audit Office has also forecast a further 5,000 job losses and said that the costs of redundancy and travel had tripled from £17 million to £54 million due to this programme.

If the employer continues to refuse to change its position, further action is planned for 3 April and escalating to a three-day strike on 10-12 April. Members are also refusing to do non-contractual overtime.

Messages of support

There has been strong support for the strikers from MPs, including shadow chancellor John McDonnell, Anneliese Dodds, Labour’s shadow financial secretary to the Treasury, Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq and Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter.

A rally is planned on a green near the office shortly after noon.

Messages of support can be sent to saveealingtaxoffice@gmail.com and you can donate to the PCS Fighting Fund.

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