Tax deadline strike cancelled
HMRC agrees to more talks
A civil service strike which would have thrown the UK's tax service into chaos has been put on ice.
The Public and Commercial Services Union was balloting members about strike action on 31 January - which threatened to disrupt the deadline for handing in self-assessment forms.
But the action has been suspended while talks are ongoing, it emerged today. The union has secured a moratorium on job losses and office closures while discussions are continuing.
A separate proposed strike at the Department of Work and Pensions over pay increases, also planned for 31 January, has been suspended too because of "the offer of meaningful talks". The PCS is also in talks with the Cabinet Office over the national civil service dispute.
Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: "Thanks to the resolve of members, the union will now be entering into detailed talks with HMRC, seeking to achieve a negotiated outcome which gives guarantees on office closures, job cuts and service delivery." ®
everyone on strike
1st the postmen, now the police, fire brigade, tax men are talking about striking. Why don;t we ALL go on strike, seems half the population already has it planned it the next few months anyway! Then people can threaten to come off strike and actually DO SOME WORK! - The horror of it!
Sorry to disappoint
Do you really think the government will stop collecting taxes just because the taxman are on strike? If they have no way of calculating or collecting individual taxes, they'll just send the police round to every home to collect £112 in cash every week (the tax on the average weekly income) from every man and woman over 18. Failure to pay will result in a late payment charge. The charge will be 40,000 volts and delivered via Taser(TM).
(yes, I know charge isn't measured in volts, I'm sure that will be of great comfort while the police are playing Pacemaker Roulette with your charred body.)
Let them strike!
This can be the catalyst to the nation-wide action in which we stop paying ANY tax until the ID Card scheme is dead and buried.
If they don't want to ask for the tax i'm more than willing to not pay it, especially if it's going to be spent on a totalitarian control scheme riding on the already frayed shirt-tails of the ill informed publics' hysteria regarding "terr'rism and immigrants".
I welcome the revolution.