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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.

Gordon Rowntree
Assistant Group Secretary

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HMRC Overtime Ban

overtimebanOvertime continues to be offered

PCS has been making the case and will continue to make the case for investment in the department however it’s clear that HMRC Management is adopting an approach of managing decline.

In BB/336/13 we said that there was increasing evidence that overtime was being used to mask staff shortages. This has been confirmed as we saw increased overtime being offered to cover contact centre work in the run up to the SA filing deadline at a time when FTAs were being told their contracts would not be renewed.

In DMB they are offering voluntary exit packages to staff at all grades in a number of locations, whilst at the same time asking them to work overtime before they go.

As the announcements to close all Enquiry Centres and further VE/VR schemes are offered we can see the increasing decimation of HMRC with the loss of further jobs and a declining service to the taxpayer.

This is a situation which will get worse with less and less staff and not enough hours in the day to get the job done. The department should be hiring staff rather than firing them and spending millions on overtime to clear backlogs and get the work done.

It makes no economic sense to be cutting jobs in HMRC especially when there is £25.8 billion of tax going uncollected. The millions spent on overtime would be better spent on permanent staff to provide a better service and to chase the £25.8 billion of uncollected tax.

It is therefore more crucial than ever that members respect the overtime ban which will help PCS argue that resources should be directed into quality permanent jobs.

The overtime ban is a vital part of our jobs and staffing campaign and Branches have responded brilliantly to the ban since its reintroduction on 12 December 2013 and we are aware that membership support for the overtime ban has remained strong. However it is crucial that this support continues.

Branches are asked to email R&CCampaigns@pcs.org.uk and let us know where overtime is being worked, what it is being used for, what the level of take up is and any activities the branch has in place such as picket lines.

Members suffering extreme financial hardship are reminded that we have a Hardship Fund. Applications to the fund can be made via your Branch.

Yours sincerely,


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