Hundreds of public sector workers go on strike
Hundreds of public sector workers took part in a strike over pay and pensions yesterday.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said about 750 HM revenue and customs (HMRC) workers in Leicestershire walked out.
Members said they had no option but to strike after the Government refused to discuss issues with the union including cuts to pay, pensions and terms and conditions.
The Government announced last week that all 281 HMRC inquiry centres are to close – including at Saxon House, Leicester – with all tax advice shifted to the department's phone system.
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The union has called for a minimum pay rise of five per cent or £1,200 for all civil servants this year, for the living wage to underpin all Government contracts, for no cuts to terms and conditions, no increase in staff pension contributions, no increase in the pension age and no reduction in pension benefits.
HMRC PCS members were on strike outside their offices in Causeway Lane and St Margaret's Way yesterday.
Representative Alexander Morgan said: "The response has been brilliant with an estimated nine in 10 staff being out today.
"We've have eight years of cutbacks and our pensions have been raided by the Government to solve problems we did not cause.
"Nobody wants to strike but we've been given no other option."
PCS members from the Job Centre in New Walk and Leicester Crown Court also took part in the demo.