HMRC has been using overtime to mask the staff shortages in the department for years so we must ensure that as many members as possible observe the overtime ban and see it as an integral part of our jobs and staffing campaign.
If we are to win any concessions at all from the employer and make sure that all work available is done by a proper complement of staff then we have to resist the temptation of short term financial gain for the opportunity to secure long term permanent jobs.
The department has been spending between £3.5 to £4.5 million per month on overtime over the last three years. Although the overtime ban has reduced this slightly, the department still relies heavily on it with the last 3 months from March accounting for £4.1m, £3.2m and £3.1m respectively.
This amount of money spent equates to around 1800 full time jobs so it is quite clear that HMRC could invest in staff to do the job instead of using overtime to mask staff shortages and run down the department.
We are therefore asking all members to observe the continued overtime ban which is part of our national dispute and the R&C jobs and staffing campaign.
Strike Flyer 30 July - 1 August
Following a GEC decision we have served a new notice of industrial action in HMRC.
This means we are asking members to take a further full day of industrial action next week.
The action will be rolled over three days (see above) with different regions involved on different days around the peak in work anticipated on Tax Credits and Self Assessment.
The potential leverage associated with targeting a busy time for a department which is already papering over significant cracks is obvious.
Members’ contribution to the campaign so far has been resolute and if this continues then PCS negotiators will be in a strong position from which to win concessions on a diverse range of issues including staffing, job security, Personnel Management and privatisation.
Promotional material will arrive at the preferred address advised to us by branches by the end of this week (25 July). In the meantime, branch secretaries are encouraged to:
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