Ruth Owen is the Director of HM Revenue & Customs’ Personal Tax directorate. As such, she is overseeing the closure of all public Enquiry Centres in the North East of England on Monday 3 June.
This is a “trial” intended to pave the way for the closure of all 281 Enquiry Centres around the country. It will cost around 1300 staff their jobs and leave the most vulnerable taxpayers without a lifeline. Despite attempts to justify it as improving customer service (!) it is clearly just another step in the government’s cuts agenda.
On the Monday that the North East closures happen, HMRC and Department for Work & Pensions staff are taking joint strike action in the region. As part of a week of joint, rolling strike action from Monday 3 June.
Members of the Civil Service Rank & File Network in those departments will obviously be taking to the picket lines as part of the action. But we are also calling for
supporters to contact Ruth Owen and make your opposition to this trial known.
Mobile: 07885 174684
Office: 020 7147 2735
Assistant: 020 7147 2705
Fax: 020 7147 2267
To send free faxes via freepopfax.com/ input the number as +44 (leave out 0)
Please send as many emails and faxes as you can, but we would particularly ask that you make the effort to call so that Ruth can hear first-hand the solidarity striking civil servants have.