BB/128/14 informed members that the Overtime ban had been extended until 30 June 2014. Following on from the successful week of rolling action taken by members last week PCS are now once again extending the ban as part of our action short of strike however this time it is to run indefinitely.
HMRC have been using overtime to mask the staff shortages in the department for years so we must ensure that as many members as possible observe the overtime ban and see it as an integral part of our Jobs and Staffing Campaign. If we are to win any concessions at all from the employer and make sure that all work available is done by a proper compliment of staff then we have to resist the temptation of short term financial gain for the opportunity to secure long term permanent jobs.
The department have been spending between £3.5 to £4.5 million per month on overtime over the last 3 years and although the overtime ban as reduced this slightly it is evident that the department still relies heavily on its uses with the last 3 months from March accounting for £4.1m, £3.2m and £3.1m respectively.
This amount of money spent equates to around 1800 FTE so it is quite clear that HMRC, if they had the will, could invest in staff to do the job instead of using overtime to mask staff shortages and run down the department.
We are therefore asking all members to observe the continued overtime ban which is being implemented to further the objectives of our national dispute and the R&C Jobs and Staffing campaign.
Assistant Group Secretary