Attendance Allowances in FIS: Draft collective agreement on movement between tiers

13 Aug 2019

Members to be balloted over proposed collective agreement - PCS recommends endorsement.

Introduction

PCS have advised members of our intention to ballot members over a proposed collective agreement on how members move up the tiers of the Criminal Investigation Directorate Attendance Allowance (CIDAA).

In anticipation of the ballot, this briefing reminds members of the background to the proposed agreement, and why we think members should vote in favour of it.

The ballot will be sent directly to the work email of all members we believe are in receipt of CIDAA, and therefore should be included in the ballot. If you do not receive a ballot email direct to your work email address and you are in receipt of CIDAA, please contact the Group Office via RCGroup@pcs.org.uk in order to be included. If you did receive an email directly but are no longer in receipt of CIDAA, please also let the Group Office know.

Ballot Purpose

It should be clear to members that this  ballot is not part of any wider discussions or part of HMRC’s own conversations about plans for Pay and Contract Reform, we would remind you this ballot only concerns FIS’ proposed collective agreement on the revised process for Movement Between Tiers. 

Proposed Agreement

PCS and FIS management have drafted a potential collective agreement on the process for moving members up the tiers of the Criminal Investigation Directorate Attendance Allowance (CIDAA). The union believes that this provides the protections and assurances that members in receipt of CIDAA need and will be balloting you shortly on whether you wish to endorse the agreement. The ballot will contain a link to the proposed agreement; and members will be asked to vote on the question: “The GEC recommends that members accept the proposed collective agreement on the revised Movement Between Tiers Process.  Do you agree?” PCS are recommending that you vote ‘Yes’.

The new process (originally described as the “principles”) for movement up the tiers is the result of two years of talks, during which the union position has been informed by several rounds of consultation with members.

In that period, we voiced the concerns that members raised regarding previous iterations of the process and secured the removal of changes that we viewed as detrimental. The last major concern was that the new process was to be imposed, without collective agreement, which we felt wasn’t acceptable.

We held an indicative ballot of members in the Criminal Justice Branch in September 2018. In that ballot, 93% of members agreed with our position and rejected imposition without agreement. We then wrote to management asking that the new process be enshrined in a collective agreement.

Although management introduced the new process from 1 October 2018, this resulted in further talks, and in those talks, an agreement was reached, subject to a ballot of members. The draft collective agreement will shortly be posted on the HMRC pages of the PCS website, and if endorsed by members, will replace the previous collective agreement on movement between tiers, which can also currently be found on the group’s web pages.

We are of the view that a broader collective agreement on CIDAA from 2012 remains in place as previously. This new draft agreement relates only to the process for upwards movement between different tiers of allowance and doesn’t represent an update of or amendment to that agreement.

Note: FIS management have a different opinion about the status of these two documents.  However, we believe they are both collective agreements.

All recipients of CIDAA who are members of PCS will get a say on the proposed agreement. If you know any colleagues who are not members, please encourage them to join. It takes just two minutes to join here.

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