HMRC has today announced that it will roll out the Needs Enhanced Support (NES) service nationwide by the end of May 2014, resulting in the closure of all 281 enquiry centres and putting 1,300 face to face jobs at risk.
In a further co-ordinated announcement HMRC has targeted around 500 Administrative Assistant grades, primarily in Local Compliance, but also in Business Tax and Personal Tax to apply for a new Voluntary Exit Scheme (VES).
There has been no negotiation or consultation with PCS regarding these decisions.
We believe that the timetable for these schemes do not give members enough time to fully consider the options and would encourage our members not to apply for these voluntary exit packages. Do not let HMRC pressurise you into making a snap decision which could affect the rest of your life.
Your union is fundamentally opposed to these job cuts and office closures and remains convinced that HMRC should be investing in staff to provide quality services and close the tax gap.
We have written to HMRC requesting urgent dialogue on the emerging staffing crisis in HMRC with the aim of achieving a jobs and staffing agreement which would protect our members and the services that they provide.
If HMRC refuse to enter into meaningful dialogue with us about these issues then your representatives will have no choice than to consider balloting members for industrial action in pursuit of our aims.
We would encourage all members affected by these announcements to write to the Chief People Officer at William.W.Hague@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and express your anger about this decision and the lack of information from HMRC regarding redeployment options.
All members should contact their MPs if they have not already done so here and ask them to support our campaign against the closures.
For more detailed briefings on these two announcements read our latest group updates.
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