Members of the Public and Commercial Services union in HM Revenue and Customs have voted convincingly to take industrial action in opposition to a new policy on managing sickness.
In a ballot of more than 50,000 members, there was a good turnout of 41%, with 59% supporting strike action and 84% in favour of industrial action short of a strike.
The union is committed to trying to negotiate a settlement to the dispute and meetings are scheduled in the coming days.
PCS revenue and customs group secretary Peter Lockhart said: "This was a very good response to a ballot and, coupled with the clear vote in favour of action, it shows how strongly our members feel..."
We hope senior managers will now agree that trying to impose draconian new policies on their workforce is not the way forward, and we hope they will come back to the table with a willingness to resolve this dispute.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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