This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
A MERSEYSIDE income tax call centre was left completely deserted of staff yesterday as rolling strikes hit north-west England.
Up to 50,000 PCS members took industrial action over HMRC job cuts throughout the week.
There have been 30,000 job losses in the government department over the last 10 years, according to union officials.
In Bootle around 3,000 HMRC staff were on strike across three sites.
At the Litherland House call centre 100 per cent of staff walked out, with only one senior manager left in the office.
Bootle branch secretary John Smith was on the picket line. He said: “The actions of the HMRC have really struck a chord — there’s been too many job losses and closures."
Speaking about this week's announcement to axe 31 postal room positions at nearby St John’s House, Mr Smith said his members were standing firm with colleagues but were also concerned for their own futures.
He told the Star: “The decision was made to outsource their jobs to a private company.
“The less people work in the HMRC the more time managers have to spend pressuring people to hit targets. But they’re not managing anything — we’re just lurching from crisis to crisis.
“We can’t cope with the amount of work. There’s too much to do and too little people.
"People are going on sick with stress and we’re not collecting tax that should be collected. We can’t answer calls because we’re not staffed sufficiently.”
A spokesperson for HMRC said it is “transforming to ensure that we continue to deliver the best possible service to our customers.”
PCS is currently balloting members for a nationwide strike on July 10 in conjunction with other public sector unions.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.