Today (12 November 2015) HMRC announced to staff in every location of their plans to ultimately slash the number of offices from 170 to just 13 Regional Centres and 4 specialist sites. Although there will be transitional arrangements, under the Department’s plans, as early as the year 2021, there will be just 35 HMRC sites remaining open.
Wherever possible, in key locations, members of the PCS Revenue and Customs Group Executive Committee and PCS Headquarters staff are attending the offices for the announcements; and will be encouraged to have discussions with local Trade Union Side.
There are some actions that all branches will be taking as a matter of urgency, including arranging members meetings at each location where this is required. HMRC has encouraged sites to take a common sense, empathetic and flexible approach to PCS having access to members.
More details are on the Latest News pages. A briefing has already been issued to branches that detail the GEC contacts for each region; and any queries need to be directed to those GEC members in the first instance.
PCS members should be left in no doubt that these are still currently deemed to be 'proposals'; and that PCS remain opposed to this government's cynical and politically-motivated cuts programme. Rest assured that our campaign against any planned cuts will continue to embrace all elements of opposition.
Members will quite rightly have grave concerns about management’s plans and should regularly check for updates on the PCS website and social media outlets - as PCS responds to HMRC management's so-called 'Building Our Future' announcements.
Additionally, all members should make sure that they have provided their branch with their personal email address and mobile phone numbers, so PCS can provide you with the latest information as soon as it is available.
The Criminal Justice branch in HMRC presented Mark Serwotka with a cheque for £3000 at this year's group conference in Brighton. The fighting fund supports members taking targeted action like that seen in the National Gallery dispute. If you would like to contribute to the PCS fighting fund please go here.
Selected briefings are posted on the latest news section. Your local representative will have access to all briefings issued by the group.
Held in November every year, the main purpose of TUC Young Workers' Month is to promote trade unions to young workers and to highlight the issues faced by young workers.
This year the R&C young members advisory committee will be celebrating the month by hosting an event on 12-13 November in Newcastle.
Or&cle is the magazine for PCS members in the Revenue & Customs (R&C) group employed in HMRC and the VOA. It is no longer posted to members but is instead available as a pdf to download or read online.
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