The Charity Commission closed its contact centre in Liverpool yesterday as about half of its staff took part in strike action over cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions.
A spokeswoman for the commission said that 167 of its 322 staff were taking part in strike action organised by the Public and Commercial Services Union.
When the PCS organised a strike in November 2011, 246 of the commission’s then 370 employees did not attend work.
The commission said that because of staff shortages a decision had been taken to close its Liverpool-based contact centre yesterday. It is open as usual from today.
A spokesman for the PCS said that about 78 per cent of its 270,000 members took part in strike action yesterday.
The strike will be followed by a half-day national walkout on 5 April and other national and sector-specific strikes and protests over the next three months, the spokesman said.