It seems that there is a new union offering HMRC staff an alternative to PCS. The R&C Trade Union (RCTU), formed earlier this year by former members of PCS, claims it can get a better deal for its members by talking with managers rather than striking.
PCS represents about 60,000 workers at HMRC, whilst (according to Lynden Melrose (senior officer at RCTU) RCTU has a membership "well into three figures".
“To those who say the employer will not respond a national level and the only way is industrial action, we say it has not worked in the past and will not in the future and that means we go on the way we are.AccountingWeb notes that RCTU needs ‘voluntary recognition’ from HMRC so it can negotiate collectively on behalf of its members. That would probably mean getting at least thousands of members.
The employer goes on and we remain bottom of all the organisations in the annual staff survey. That is not a victory; it is a damning statement that must change.”
Time will tell!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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