HMRC staff are set to strike again later this month

A spokesman for the PCS union is calling on accountants to support HMRC employees when they strike at the end of this month.

The Public and Commercial Services union has around 60,000 members employed in HMRC. 60% of the union’s membership recently voted to walkout in protest over job cuts, pension changes and a salary freeze.

The strike, which is scheduled to take place on the 30th of June, is likely to disrupt public services at the Revenue. Further strikes later in the year are possible if an agreement cannot be reached with the government. Taxpayers who submit their self assessment forms in paper format could suffer major problems if HMRC staff chose to strike in October.

Accountants appear undecided as to whether they should support the strike action although some do agree that HMRC employees have as much right as anybody else to be aggrieved by the actions of the department.

30,000 people have been made redundant from HMRC in the last five years and this has led to huge backlogs in processing tax enquiries. This has led to frustration for tax accountants who struggle to get the answers they need to satisfy their clients.

HMRC says it will put a contingency plan into action to make sure all its call centres remain open for business in order to minimise any disruption to the public. The June 30th strike will be the 2nd industrial action this month by HMRC staff.

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