HMRC staff who are members of the Public and Commercial Services walked out of their jobs yesterday as part of an ongoing discussion over their pay and employment terms.
The walkout staged by HMRC and Valuation Office union members was intended to disrupt the start of the new tax year and the introduction of Real Time Information (RTI). RTI requires employers who operate PAYE to notify HMRC immediately every time they pay their staff and make deductions.
The news comes three days after staff at various government departments and courts marched out on Friday.
PCS has encouraged HMRC staff to send in texts, reports and photographs of their respective picket lines with details of the responses they received from members of the public Their protests were scheduled to last for half a day.
The PCS defending their actions by saying they were in response to a new civil service performance management system that has been “imposed” without “meaningful negotiations”. “The government refuses to sit down and negotiate over its cuts to pay, pensions and working conditions, so we must act.” a statement on the PCS website. “These walkouts are the next steps in our three-month programme of industrial action and protests, which began with a national strike on budget day on 20 March.”
Nick Day, Managing Director of JGA Recruitment comments ” HMRC and employers are under great pressure to implement RTI effectively without disruption minimising any impact on the business. This strike by PCS members only contributes to the challenges Payroll Managers and employers face when implementing RTI in their organisations. JGA have seen an increase in demand for Project Managers and Implementation Consultants to help companies implement RTI.”