HMRC staff have voted to continue their campaign against the planned closure of their office with more strike action.
PCS members working for HMRC in International House, Ealing, took part in a series of well-supported strikes in March and April 2019 against the planned closure of the office by the end of 2020. The industrial action led to a six-month extension to the closure plans and agreement to talks around a ‘flexible working pilot’. This would have allowed members to continue their careers in the department without a negative impact on their work/life balance.
Sadly, HMRC has reneged on the agreed approach, leaving members facing the threat of a daily journey to Stratford of three or even four hours, leading to PCS again balloting members for action.
We were forced to re-ballot as, under the Tories’ latest anti-union laws, when members vote for industrial action, the mandate for action only lasts for six months.
In the latest ballot, over 86% of members voted for strike action; and 94.9% of members voted for action short of a strike, on a comprehensive 59.2% turnout.
Members will take strike action during December 2019 and January 2020, including strike action on 31 January 2020, which is both the current government’s proposed day for leaving the European Union and, crucially, HMRC’s deadline day for self-assessment online tax returns.