It seems that PCS has managed to tie itself up in knots over the "strike" action that it has planned for this week.
A loyal reader advises me that HMRC are going to dock the pay of all employees who take part in the "strike".
I am further advised that PCS have posted a response to queries they are receiving from their members on their website (note, I cannot find it on the site), which I quote word for word as sent to me by the loyal reader (if this quote is inaccurate please advise and I will correct/remove):
"The main bulk of the questions we are getting here, and no doubt the questions you are getting from your members, are about whether time should be recorded as flexi leave or industrial action.
The fact that we are asking members to be out of work at set times amounts to strike action. The first thing to make clear to members is that it is not for PCS to determine whether the department deduct time or money for taking strike action.
What we can say is that the department cannot take both time and money for the same period of action.
Equally, however, in some areas the department want members to record the whole time as a flexi debit so that members simply take time off work and then have to work the time back again at some later point.
Therefore, we are asking members to record at least some time as industrial action."
All clear now?
Seems like a complete mess to me.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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