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Wednesday, 6 June 2012


I see that there might be more industrial action (possibly even a strike) by HMRC at some stage in the future.

The Public and Commercial Services union claim that a majority of HMRC staff have voted for strikes or industrial action (short of strikes).

The Guardian quotes PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka:
"When reducing the budget deficit is supposedly the government's number one priority, it makes absolutely no economic sense to cut ever more staff from the very department responsible for collecting the taxes that fund all our other public services."
HMRC said:
"We are seeking dialogue with the PCS to address their concerns and will work to minimise any disruption to customers if PCS call a strike."
The union, having publicly thrown down the gauntlet, will decide over the coming weeks what action to take.

However, those who are threatening action may care to consider that whilst 52.8% of HMRC staff who voted backed a strike and 77.2% who voted backed other forms of industrial action, the turnout was a mere 33%.

Going to war requires more than the half hearted support of those that you intend to send over the top.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. Well done PCS and it's members Every time you take action the deficit gets smaller and because the services you provide carry on regardless, you prove the staff numbers can be reduced even more.

    1. Common sense or ketchup. either works for me.

  2. If you want to play the figures game at the last election the tories only had 17% of the vote added to the Lib Dems share gives the Coalition 28%.
    Thatcher at her height only had a percentage at 34.4%, a third of elegible members is about average in any poll for any union in recent times.
    How many members vote is a smokescreen, those that don't vote remove themselves from the argument, you can't surmise that they are not in favour of a yes vote, the same that you can't sey they were against the proposal.
    That's democracy more yes than no that's the result, so if action is called for that's the decision

  3. and they will probably do what the teachers do. Don't say if they are striking or not. Wait to see how many other people are out on the strike day and the ones that don't strike have a really lazy day anyway whilst still getting paid.

    I don't think there is any solidarity in HMRC they have all been shat on too long and are looking out for number one.

  4. Could not agree more Apathy rules.We just keep our heads down and help mismanagement to deliver a sub standard service.Even if we were allowed an opinion it would be ignored.

  5. Ken! Any chance of a cock filter on some of these comments.PCS ae the only ones speaking the truth about the tax gap, tax avoidance etc.

    1. Can you provide independent evidence to prove the PCS are telling the truth?