Tax office to close?

WORKERS at a Weston tax office who went on strike over pay are now waiting to find out if their office will be forced to close. Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members based at the office opposite Grove Park, took industrial action against the

WORKERS at a Weston tax office who went on strike over pay are now waiting to find out if their office will be forced to close.Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members based at the office opposite Grove Park, took industrial action against the Government's refusal to increase pay in line with inflation, which is the rate at which the price of goods rise.HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) says it is undertaking a nationwide review of its offices, following the merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise, which could see the office shut for good.Of the 65 people who work at the Weston office some could be forced to work in Bristol following the Government's review, but workers have been promised there will be no redundancies at present.Worle resident Jane Burt, aged 42, works at the Grove Road tax office and joined the picket on Tuesday (May 1). She said: "Weston is a growing town with insufficient employment and increasing congestion at main exit roads due to commuters. "The Government should be looking to answer these problems rather than harming the local economy by closing offices."An HMRC spokesman said: "As the Government has said repeatedly, there is no need to strike. We value our civil servants highly as they do a good job for the public at a time when the Government is increasing investment in public services."No organisation, including the civil service, can be immune to change both to ensure value for money and to adopt new technology."There is a process through which unions can raise any issues or concerns without going on strike.


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