The Charity Commission will close its contact centre in Liverpool this afternoon as staff take part in strike action over pay cuts, pensions and working conditions.
"Due to anticipated staff shortages a decision has been taken to close the contact centre from 12.45pm today," a statement on the regulator’s website says. "It will be open as usual from Monday."
Kevin Broad, secretary of the commission’s Public and Commercial Services Union branch in London, said all commission staff who are PCS members will be asked to stop working at 1pm today and leave their offices.
A commission spokeswoman said she was unable to give figures on how many of the commission’s 322 employees were expected to take part in the strike until this afternoon.
Broad said that the PCS had about 200 members in total at the commission, but many of them worked part time and would not be able to take part in the strike.
But he said he hoped that most members who were working would take part in the action. "Last time it was well supported," he said. "I would hope it would be similarly well supported this time."
When PCS members at the commission took strike action on 20 March, 167 of the commission’s 322 staff took part.
All members of PCS, except those working in HM Revenue & Customs and the Valuation Office, who are due to strike on Monday afternoon, have been asked to take part in the half-day strike today. The PCS said it expected "tens of thousands" of members to take part.