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Lessons for Australia? Tax workers strike to stop Tories’ job cuts

In Australia the Tax Commissioner of, by and for the one percent, is closing regional offices and getting rid of thousands of workers. Their union, the Community and Public Sector Union, has mouthed platitudes but done nothing. The union bureaucracy in Australia are, as I wrote in the Canberra Times, the best thing the Abbott government has going for it.

Are there lessons for Australia in what tax staff in the UK are doing?

Some 50,000 tax workers at HMRC offices around Britain began a week of rolling strikes on Monday of this week writes Annette Mackin in Socialist Worker UK.

PCS union members in Scotland and Northern Ireland kicked off the regional 24-hour walkouts.

The strikes are over job cuts, office closures and privatisation. PCS members are also taking part in a national ballot on whether to strike with other unions on 10 July.

Some 281 tax offices are due to close at the end of July.

Some on the PCS national disputes committee said the tax strikes might mean a lower turnout in the national ballot.

Marianne Owens from the union’s national executive disagreed and spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. “The strike will concentrate people’s minds on the raft of issues we are facing,” she said.

“It’s good for workers to have more going on than the potential one-day strike.

“People need to see there’s a big fight. They also know it will have more impact if we strike with others.”


Workers at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) call centre in Garston, south Liverpool, struck for a day on Monday this week. The strike was against centre closures.



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Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 30, 2014 at 8:46 am

I’m sure I have heard media reports that corporates are going to be doing their own Income Tax Assessments here in Australia, and that job cuts will result in money hungry bankers running the Australian Taxation Office and ripping money out of individual and government coffers.

I agree that Australians need to get up off their collective backsides and deliver a very clear message to the government regarding this and lots of other bad policy decisions.

Yesterday I heard they wanted to dump all disability pensioners onto the dole, which will have the net effect of landing more Australians on the streets, with the government expecting everyone else to feed and clothe them, using food purchased for the profit of the very people who are being enabled to financially screw us.

It will also provide slave labour for their Work for Less-than-the-Dole scheme on projects that would normally be financed by various levels of government.

It would be nice if lots of other people began to understand the nature and consequences of various interactive corporate abuses and the political duopoly which enables them.

Comment from Ross
Time June 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Lorikeet, unless we move back to Govt owned banks, this corporate feudal system will have us all begging in the streets.