HMRC staff to strike

STAFF AT HM Revenue & Customs will be going on a strike this week in protest at the taxman’s attendance management policy.

The PCS union, the biggest in the civil service, has called on its 50,000 members in HMRC to take action on 7 and 8 June. This will constitute a walkout from 16:00 to 17:00 on 7 June, and members coming in at 10:00 on 8 June and taking a two-hour lunch break.

Changes to HMRC policy have meant that staff taking more than five days sick pay or taking sick leave on more than three occasions could face disciplinary action. Union officials have said this is “draconian” and has criticised policy on staff taking time to attend medical and dental appointments.

The union has also asked members to refuse to work overtime; “work properly” and not cut corners; and cease using their own vehicles and use pool cars or take public transport when undertaking work visits.

PCS West Wales HMRC network branch secretary Steve Donoghue told Wales Online: “This action is being taken in protest against HMRC policies which will see administrative action – which can lead to dismissal – being taken against staff if they take more than five days’ sick leave.

“It is vital that wherever possible members support this action, as it will send a clear message to HMRC that we will not allow them to continue to erode our terms and conditions.”

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