By Daniel Hunter

Thousands of HM Revenue and Customs staff will be among those taking part in widespread industrial action to be staged over job cuts today (Monday).

The civil servants from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are set to go on a half-day walkout, coinciding with the start of the new tax year.

The PCS began a three-month campaign of protest over pay, jobs and conditions on 20 March - the day of the Budget.

Staff at government departments, courts and museums walked out on Friday.

However another 24-hour strike planned for Monday (today) at the Home Office has been postponed following a legal challenge from the government.

The union said the protest would be moved to a week-long series of walkouts across various parts of the department in a fortnight's time.

But up to 55,000 workers at call centres and face-to-face enquiry centres at HMRC will strike until lunchtime on Monday, walking back into offices at 13:00 BST in a show of solidarity.

The protest falls on the first day of the new tax year, when a number of changes to benefits and the PAYE tax system come into effect.

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