Northern Ireland tax workers to strike over redundancies

Northern Ireland employees of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are to go on strike on Friday over redundancies and office closures.

The strike action has been co-ordinated across HMRC offices in the whole of the UK, with Northern Ireland employees being the last to walk out at the end of the week. The action is in response to what the union claims is repeated redundancies and the closure of enquiry centres which it says is causing backlogs and delays.

General secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), Mark Serwotka, blames "unnecessary and politically-motivated cuts" for undermining the quality of service being provided.

The HMRC said they were "disappointed" that the strike action was planned for the same time as the tax credits renewal deadline and an important date for self assessment payments.

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