About 135,000 workers from HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions are striking this week in protest over cuts to jobs and pensions.
Jobcentre and benefit-office staff from the Department for Work and Pensions will join tax workers from HM Revenue and Customs in a series of regional walkouts during the week (see schedule below).
The strikes are part of a three-month campaign of industrial action by 250,000 public-sector workers who are protesting against cuts to pay, pensions, jobs and working conditions, said the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), which represents about 55,000 HMRC workers. The industrial action began with a national walkout on Budget Day on 20 March.
HMRC has cut about 37,000 jobs since 2005, according to the PCS, and plans to cut about a further 10,000 jobs by 2015 to reduce costs. These job cuts have left the government department...