Finance Ministry commends BIR and Customs workers for not heeding "holiday" call

The Ministry of Finance has commended workers at the Inland Revenue Division and the Customs and Excise Division for turning up to work on Thursday and Friday this week, despite a call by the president of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke, not to do so.

Duke had called on workers to take the two days as "holidays" to rest because of the move to form the Revenue Authority, something the union sees as a threat to the employment and benefit of workers.

But the Finance Ministry says the work of the Ministry was done in the two divisions over the two days.

The Ministry issued the following statement on Friday.

"The Ministry of Finance would like to commend the employees of the Inland Revenue Division and the Customs and Excise Division, for their dedication and commitment to their duties.

The Ministry notes that while some members of staff heeded the calls of the representing Trade Union to withhold their duties on Thursday 9th November and Friday 10th November, the staff who reported for duty, ensured that the work of their respective Divisions continued and the public served."