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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