Three weeks in to a four-week programme of detailed, and so far productive, negotiations intended to resolve the four-month HMRC jobs and staffing campaign ended in farce on 29 October. At the start of the latest meeting in Salford, the employer’s team informed PCS that they had been instructed by the chief executive to walk away from the talks owing to an article in Oracle issue 5 2014 which described a local jobs campaign in Dundee.
Commenting in the aftermath of this development, group secretary Peter Middleman said: "It’s farcical for the leadership of an organisation the size of HMRC to overreact in this way to an anodyne article about a good news story from Dundee. Their determination to marginalise PCS clearly trumps their willingness to settle this dispute despite all their protestations to the contrary."
Senior union negotiators have planned urgent discussions with the national disputes committee and an update to members will be issued soon.
Read our branch briefing from 29 October describing our position in more detail.
PCS has learned that a number of government departments, including DWP and Home Office, have now issued notice of their intention to withdraw the facility for union members to pay their subscriptions through pay roll.
This politically motivated attack means that members will need to prepare to switch to a direct debit method of payment.
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