HM Revenue & Customs staff striking today in Derby
HM Revenue & Customs staff are striking today in Derby.
Employees started gathering outside the HM Revenue Enquiries base in Agard Street with banners from 7.30am.
It is expected around 70% of HMRC staff across the country will take part in walk-outs to coincide with George Osborne announcing details of his latest Budget this afternoon in Westminster.
A Revenue spokesman said: "During the industrial action, HMRC will do everything it can to maintain services to the public."
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The union said that its members were “very well represented” at HMRC, and that Budget day had been chosen "because budget announcements have a material impact on people's lives”.
A series of walkouts and protests by almost a quarter of a million civil and public servants will be followed by other national and sector-specific strikes and industrial action as the union steps up its opposition to cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions.
The union has asked for talks on the key issues affecting the lives of civil servants and the services they are able to provide to the public, but has said the government has refused to negotiate.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said in a statement, "This is not a one-day protest, this is the start of a rolling programme of walkouts and disruptive action to put pressure on a government that is refusing to talk to us.
"We warned more than two years ago that austerity wouldn't work and we were right. There is an alternative to cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants and our campaign is designed to make the case loud and clear.”