It is now just over 10 years since the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise merged to form HMRC.
The staff magazine PULSE has various articles regarding this milestone but it is worth stating some other pertinent points.
What is your feedback on the past 10 years?
We would like to hear your views and your ideas to form a negotiating agenda. Members can use the Contact Us form on the website (the link appears below) or just pick up a phone or drop us an email – it is all in confidence.
What has the previous Union done to protect HMRC staff in this time?
Do not just take our word for it. See also
http://howiescorner.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/pcs-leadership-in-panic-about-new-rctu.html http://howiescorner.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/pcs-faces-collapse-of-membership-in-hmrc.html http://howiescorner.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/problems-present-future-for-pcs.html
How can an integral Term and Condition of your employment be changed without any legal challenge and only fruitless one day strikes? The question that has never been answered.
ALPHA pays much less in benefits that the previous Pension schemes and in particular impacts those on low pay and part time.
If you do not talk and talk in concert with other Trade Unions – this is what happens.
This is why HMRC staff require a new Trade Union. One that works only for you. One that is not linked in any way to any political party, group or faction (see Rule 2.5). One that will work with other Civil Service Trade Unions to form a new body to talk to the Cabinet Office and defend your terms and conditions.
One of the more surreal comments to reach us in the last week was the accusation from PCS that we are in league with Conservative Central Office. After we stopped laughing we merely complimented the messenger for repeating such unfounded and frankly stupid comments that cannot be taken seriously.
Membership continues to increase steadily and is now well into three figures. We know we need more to be able to have meaningful discussions with the employer about formal recognition for collective bargaining purposes. We expect a surge after the 30th of April and the demise of salary deductions (known as “check off”) if other departments where this has happened are anything to go by. Tell your colleagues about the RCTU – there is a real and viable alternative.
If you want a Trade Union that has only one purpose – protecting and promoting the interests of HMRC staff – it is the RCTU.