Unionists will stage protests as the new Tax Office in Glasgow is officially opened by UK government ministers

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Unionists say they will stage protests when British government ministers officially open Glasgow’s new tax office.

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PCS, which represents civil servants including tax staff, is staging an angry public protest during the official visit to 1 Atlantic Square by senior MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg, Stephen Barclay and Heather Wheeler from 3.30pm on Monday May 6 .

The union is protesting the government’s planned 91,000 job cuts, pay cuts, pensions and a proposed 33% cut in severance pay.

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An email distributed by the union says: “Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Effectiveness, was recently embroiled in stunts aimed at shaming civil servants back to work, left hearing that we are lazy and part of a government that is threatening to cut 91,000 jobs during one of the worst cost of living crises on record”.

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In April, HMRC Cumbernauld, formerly Britain’s largest tax office, was closed with around 1,200 jobs lost. The site is currently targeted for redevelopment as housing, with North Lanarkshire Council having granted planning permission in principle to Cannon Capital Developments for around 160 houses.

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