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HMRC tax office bosses reveal plan to isolate PCS union

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2430

A leaked memo has revealed that bosses in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plan to seriously undermine the PCS union, which represents 50,000 HMRC workers.

Bosses handed officials a paper stating that HMRC’s “business interests” are best served by an approach that “reduces the influence of the unions”.

Measures proposed to “marginalise PCS” include “further reduction” of facility time, and tempting workers away from the union into “other workable alliances”.

It calls for the “isolation of PCS’s leadership from all but statutorily required discussion” and the “degradation of PCS’s organising capability”. 

One HMRC worker told Socialist Worker, “We have been aware for some time that we are under attack. 

“HMRC bosses have been withdrawing facility time, banning the distribution of union literature and briefings inside offices.”

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka published an open letter to HMRC’s head Lin Homer urging her to reject the proposals.

The worker said, “This is almost certainly not the only such document floating around Westminster.

“We must all take a stand against this outrageous attack on workers’ rights.”

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Tue 18 Nov 2014, 17:16 GMT
Issue No. 2430
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