31 August: pay up in HMRC
Our members in HMRC collect the taxes that fund vital services that millions of us rely on but, along with thousands of colleagues across the civil service, they have seen their pay frozen or capped for years.
The department imposed the annual maximum of 1% pay cap on HMRC on payday on 31 July – and we made an example of the government’s paymasters by getting large numbers our HMRC members to hold a day of protest, and showed what another year of the pay cap would mean to them. We are now urging all members to hold more payday protests on 31 August when they will be joined by colleagues at the Home Office whose members will have the cap imposed for another 12 months on 31 August.
For many members their monthly payday offers no respite, as they know that most of their earnings will quickly disappear on bills and essentials. We are campaigning to change that.
Public sector workers have suffered under the UK-wide 1% public sector cap introduced in 2013, which itself followed a two-year pay freeze. The last Tory government pledged to keep the pay cap in place until 2020.
We asked HMRC members and supporters to join lunchtime protests outside their workplaces on 31 July and thousands of people responded.
What you can do to help
- Download and print out the 31 August photo opp card, either in English or Welsh
- Send a letter to HMRC chief executive Jon Thompson to put pressure on him to lift the cap
- Send us your experience of the pay cap and tell us what lifting it would mean to you, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download, sign and circulate the ‘hard copy’ pay petition
- Tweet using #hmrcpayup