Tax officials to strike on Valentine's Day
Senior tax officials are to go on strike on Valentine's Day in protest over a new employee appraisal system which they say will find 10% of HMRC workers are under-performing and need to improve regardless of how good their performance is.
Members of the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a union representing senior managers and professionals in HMRC, recently voted to strike over a new performance management system.
AccountingWEB revealed the existence of the appraisal system last July.
“ARC members have been asked to strike not for money, but in pursuit of some basic principles: Reducing bureaucracy so we can do our jobs, a fair performance appraisal, rewarding, not penalising, promotions; and a fair deal for professionals," ARC president Gareth Hills said.
“Our members are not faceless bureaucrats, but real people striving every day to serve the Government and the public. The work they do builds schools, hospitals, libraries and playgrounds. It’s work that funds the social fabric of the UK and delivers for the nation. They deserve a fair performance system, one which allows them to do their job free from the tangle of bureaucracy.”
The Public and Commercial Services union, which has about 60,000 members at HMRC, said it wants the new appraisal system scrapped.
HMRC has said the appraisal system will help it identify workers who need support and help to improve the department’s overall performance.