ARC members take strike action in HMRC

Members of the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) will today take one day’s national strike action in HMRC. ARC is a section of the FDA, the union for senior managers and professionals in public service.

ARC members are striking today over a new performance management system demanding fixed quotas - meaning 10% of staff fall in the bottom rating regardless of their performance - and new terms and conditions that result in those who are promoted receiving a poorer deal.

Senior staff in HMRC are concerned that the new approach on performance management is dogmatic, overly bureaucratic and demotivating. Offering worse terms and conditions on promotion can only discourage talent.

The dispute is the first strike involving ARC members since the TUC pensions day of action on 30 November 2011.

ARC President Gareth Hills said:

“Since the introduction of the new Performance Management System in April 2013, HMRC's approach has been overly focused on a level of poor performance that is not merited by the overall, continually improving performance of the organisation.

“Last year HMRC's compliance interventions delivered an extra £20.7bn into the coffers of the Exchequer. That's enough to fund the cost of primary healthcare for the whole of the UK and the lion's share of that amount was delivered by ARC members.”

“This is why ARC members deserve a fair performance system and a fair deal.”

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:

“Even Boris Johnson was prepared to involve ACAS to help resolve his dispute, yet HMRC refuses to do so.

“HMRC needs to recognise that when so many of their senior managers and professionals are prepared to strike - not over pay but over an unfair and bureaucratic system of performance management – then it’s time to strain every sinew to avoid a dispute and get back around the negotiating table.”

Notes for editors
1. The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) is a union representing senior staff in HM Revenue and Customs, including tax inspectors, accountants, lawyers, managers and other leading professionals. ARC represents members in HMRC at grade 7 and above, and also trainees in grade 7 entry schemes. It is also a section of the FDA.

2. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 19,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union". 
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