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Civil service workers boycott appraisal system

by PCS HMRC union rep
Issue No. 2374

Civil service workers on strike in April this year

Civil service workers on strike in April this year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The Group Executive Committee (GEC) of the PCS HMRC group met on 30 September and agreed to tell members not to cooperate with a new annual appraisal system. 

The new scheme is called Performance Management Assessment (PMA).

 PMA has produced fresh anger within HMRC as it automatically downgrades 10 percent of staff. Evidence shows that PMA has had a disproportionate affect on people who are disabled, part timers and ethnic minorities. 

Many believe that it is being introduced in order to help cut 10,000 jobs.

Formal non-cooperation was due to begin on Monday of this week. But this has now been suspended pending further negotiations. 

This campaign has the real potential to win. 

Non-cooperation will make it harder for departments to achieve the increasingly higher targets which have seen an increase in bullying and stress for staff. 

Branches should put pressure on the GEC to resume the action. Any negotiations will be strengthened by members boycotting the appraisal system. 

Other groups within the civil service should call for similar action too.


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