HMRC staff are reportedly considering industrial action over news that HMRC has issued nearly 150 redundancy notices since the November announcement about plans to shut down 137 of its 170 offices (affecting 60,000 staff) across the country by 2020-2021, as part of plans to digitise tax administration.
CCH Daily reports that PCS has stated that HMRC is refusing to redeploy those at risk to any office listed for closure in the coming years under the plans.
An HMRC spokesperson said:
"HMRC does everything possible to avoid compulsory redundancies but the reality is we no longer need the mass processing roles of the past as we move to more skilled and specialist roles.PCS are quoted:
We have been through a lengthy and rigorous process to deploy colleagues to other areas of work within HMRC and this work has been on-going since 2014. We have consulted with Departmental trade unions to make sure that we've considered all possible redeployment opportunities."
"We are considering all our options, including industrial action, and will provide regular updates to members.Good luck to Homer's successor sorting this out!
We called on HMRC chief executive Lin Homer to intervene to avoid what would the first compulsory redundancies in her department, but she has refused.
It is entirely unnecessary and inflammatory to tell these 150 staff there is no future for them in the civil service when staff are being recruited to do similar work.
This is not how reasonable employers behave and we will be considering all options, including industrial action."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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