New union woos HMRC workers

Nick Huber
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A new union at HMRC, the R&C Trade Union (RCTU), says it can get a better deal for its members by talking with managers rather than striking.

The RCTU was created earlier this year by former members of the PCS. The RCTU claims that the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents about 60,000 workers at HMRC, is too reliant on strike action, too closely aligned to far-left political organisations and doesn’t listen to its members.

“To those who say the employer will not respond a national level and the only way is industrial action, we say it has not worked in the past and will not in the future and that means we go on the way we are,” the RCTU says on its website.

“The employer goes on and we remain bottom o...

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06th May 2015 13:33

new union

I have to admit to an interest here - I was a branch chairman in the old IRSF, which became part of PCS later. If the PCS is really too political (and it's not just the Daily Mail readers again) then that si the fault of the members themselves, because trade unions are democratic organisations now compelled by the law to obtain majorities for policies which would leave everyday politicians miles adrift.

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06th May 2015 14:50

New union

Only time will tell whether a "more moderate" union will change the prevailing view within Govt that money spent in training staff is a waste rather than an investment in HMRC staff.  I am confident that few of my fellow professional accountants believe that the taxpayer/ accountant facing service provided by HMRC has improved over the last few years.

A final thought - What happened to the UK coal industry once the NUM were outflanked in the same way?  How many pits remain open today?

 

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