HMRC staff who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union walked out of their jobs this morning as part of an ongoing protest over pay and employment terms.
The news comes three days after staff at various government departments and courts marched out on Friday.
As part of today’s strikes the PCS has encouraged HMRC staff to send in texts, reports and photographs of their respective picket lines with details of the responses they received from members of the public.
Today’s protests are scheduled to last for half a day but a 24 hour strike planned by staff at the Home Office has now been cancelled.
In a statement explaining the reasons behind the strikes which kicked off on Friday, the PCS said they were in reaction to a new civil service performance management system which has been ‘imposed’ without ‘meaningful negotiations’.
In a statement issued on the union’s website, it said: “The government refuses to sit down and negotiate over its cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions, so we must act.
“These walkouts are the next steps in our three-month programme of industrial action and protests, which began with a national strike on budget day on 20 March.”
The walkout staged by HMRC and Valuation Office union members is designed to disrupt the start of the new tax year and the introduction of ‘real time information’, whereby employers who operate PAYE are required to notify HMRC immediately every time they pay their staff and make deductions.