An unimaginative pay deal after extensive discussion with the current Trade Unions has produced an increase which is rightly seen as derisory in a period when not only is the private sector starting to enjoy the fruits of the recovery but HMRC is posting record results.
Staff throughout HMRC could have done better if the discussions had looked at the distribution of the budget in the round rather than accepting a constraint that only applies to the overall figure - obviously you have to give some to get some but that is what happened in the past when staff were able to get pay rises above the cap because of skilful negotiations by union officials. Officials not beset by dogma and a department prepared to engage and also by thinking inventively. If a department cannot think like that – they can be lead to do so.
Little wonder there is so much disillusionment on the various discussion boards when neither the employer nor the main union can produce a settlement that at least makes an attempt to recognise the efforts of our workforce in what were all know is a very difficult period. Radical reform of the system is required – is there any wonder that recruitment is stalling and experiencing multiple problems when pay advancement stalls after promotion?
There remain several potentially fruitful areas for discussion with the employer that, from all appearances, have yet to even been raised. Change the game – and that can only be done by you.