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Inland Revenue staff - members of the PSA - will today walk off the job at Auckland's Manukau office in response to the parliamentary inquiry into IRD and especially comments made by the tax commissioner, Graham Holland, since the report's release. Workers will leave their Manukau office at 12.30pm and rally to nearby Hayman Park.

IRD staff member and PSA president, Kathy Higgins, said the action and rally was necessary so the New Zealand public could hear the detail and reality of working for IRD under its existing - and now strongly criticised - management.

`IRD workers waited a long time throughout this inquiry and they were very angry when the Commissioner chose to reject the truth which led to the damning comments about the culture of "fear an punishment" which exist in the department,' Ms Higgins said.

`It's time to let people know exactly what is happening, what it means to work here and what are the concerns of staff now the findings of the inquiry have been aired,' she said.

What?: Rally of tax workers from Manukau office

Where?: IRD office, Housing Corp Building Corner of Anersham Street and Osterley Way and marching to nearby Hayman Park

When?: Wednesday, 27 October from 12.30pm

Why?: to highlight and detail issues over the IRD parliamentary inquiry response and management's response to its findings

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