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In November last year Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister, told civil servants who were embarking on strike action to protect their pensions that they could take 15 minutes of symbolic action without loss of pay. He was ignored and hundreds of thousands walked out in protest over pension “reforms." This week in Coventry more than 200 PCS members and others took Francis Maude at his word and walked out for 15 minutes as he was visiting the HMRC tax office in Sherbourne House where they worked.