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Thursday, 29 September 2011
HMRC Staff Survey - PCS Call For Boycott
My thanks to a loyal reader who posted this comment re my recent article about the HMRC staff survey
Rather worryingly it seems that PCS are advising people not to complete the survey.
PCS are recommending that the survey NOT be completed.
As a PCS member I'm not sure what I will do. "
As you know I am not an HMRC member of staff, nor a member of PCS. Therefore I may well be missing some nuance. However, I can see no possible rationale for PCS to be advising such a course of action.
The survey, if filled in honestly, represents an opportunity for staff to publicly tell management and the government "it how it is".
In the event that there is a boycott of the survey by a large number of staff, then the result will be skewed and not representative.
HMRC will then either come out with a favourable result, or simply discredit any unfavourable result by saying that many staff did not complete the survey and as such many staff must be assumed to be content with how things are.
The fact that PCS don't seem to see the above as a likely outcome is worrying:
1 Either they are in cahoots with HMRC management, and are trying to discredit the survey, or
2 They believe that the results will be fixed, in which case they should come clean and go public with their concerns about the honesty of the survey.
As to blindly following what the union tells you to do, don't!
It is up to them to publicly explain why not completing the survey is in the interests of the staff that they claim to represent.
Please could PCS post a coherent rationale (that stands up to scrutiny), on this site, for boycotting the survey?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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