Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jobs to Go as Work Piles Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jobs to Go as Work Piles Up

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Byline: By Gayle Tomlinson

A tax office cutting more than 1,200 civil servants' jobs due to lack of work is offering overtime as staff are snowed under.

As highlighted by the Chronicle, the Inland Revenue in Longbenton and Hebburn is dismissing part-time staff on rolling contracts at the end of next month.

The Government department said the staff had no more work to do after they were hired to shift a backlog of unpaid National Insurance.

Now bosses have asked staff across the 6,000-strong National Insurance Contributions Department to work overtime.

Originally management wanted staff to work the extra hours this weekend but they are now in negotiations with the Public and Commercial Services union about when the overtime will be held.

The union leafleted staff at Longbenton over the move which they say is not cost-effective. The leaflets asked if getting paid for overtime working was worth the 1,200 jobs that were being lost.

Brian Morrison, of the PCS, said: "It is not cost-effective to get rid of staff you could employ during the week to avoid overtime. …

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