Customs workers strike over jobs

Contributed by editor on Nov 05, 2004 - 10:42 PM

Hundreds of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members working for Customs and Excise at Dover staged a 24 hour walkout today (5 November) as part of a national dispute over job cuts.

The government plans to cut over 100,000 civil service jobs with 20,000 due to be lost in the South East.

Thousands of civil servants were involved in the walkout which is believed to be the biggest industrial action in the civil service since 1993.

Customs and Excise contingency plans were implemented and services were still available for the public.

Union leaders claimed  support for the strike had been overwhelming.