CIVIL service staff in Uxbridge have joined a nationwide strike this morning forming a picket line, over changes to their redundancy terms.
HM Revenues and Customs staff at Valiant House, Park Road, Uxbridge, have begun the first day of a 48 hour protest by striking from 8am.
The staff were joined by Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonell between 8am and 9am as they began.
The said the strikes, which will involve Jobcentre staff, tax workers, coastguards, border agency officials, courts staff and driving test examiners, 'are a result of the government and Cabinet Office making unilateral changes to the civil service compensation scheme.'
The government is looking to save £500 million through the changes, based on the number of jobs it has axed over the last three years.
Commenting, Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: "These cuts, which will see loyal civil and public servants lose tens of thousands of pounds if they are forced out of a job, are more about crude politicking than making savings.
"We have suggested ways in which the government can make these savings whilst protecting the rights of existing members, yet it seems intent on penalising the people who keep this country running.
"With civil and public service jobs increasingly at risk, this is a cynical attempt to cut jobs on the cheap which will ultimately damage the services we all rely on. The government needs to recognise the depth of anger which has been demonstrated by this ballot result and find the political will to negotiate a settlement that avoids a sustained campaign of industrial action."