Work-to-rule: week three

Week 3 – w/c 13 August

In addition to the activity begun during the previous weeks:

  • Members should ask to see a copy of the team/individual risk assessment for the process they are working on.
  • Members should ask to see a copy of the policy on acceptable use of electronic communications and take time to read it thoroughly.

You can download a .xls copy of the work-to-rule checklist, covering all five weeks of activity, here.

Alongside the continuing work-to-rule action, we will be expanding our campaign into the political arena. Members will be issued with a copy of a template letter, which should be sent to their MP. You can find out who your MP is here. The letter seeks their views on the job losses and other attacks at HMRC, as well as calling for them to sign Early Day Motion 211.

The text of EDM 211 is as follows:

That this House calls on the Government to stop its programme of job cuts in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC); notes that the Public Accounts Committee has reported that 1.1 billion could have been collected if it were not for the job cuts; is deeply concerned by HMRC’s appointment of two private sector suppliers, Sitel and Teleperformance, to conduct 12-month trials of their telephony advice services, based in HMRC’s contact centres at Bathgate, Scotland and Lilyhall, Cumbria; recognises that this adds insult to injury to permanent HMRC staff already suffering from low morale and concerned about losing their jobs; further recognises that the taxpaying public will be concerned about private companies having access to personal tax records and expects that sensitive data is held confidentially and securely; believes that cutting staff by 10,000 by 2014-15 and continuing to close offices as planned will significantly harm the performance of HMRC and its ability to tackle tax avoidance and evasion; and therefore calls on the Government to reverse these damaging cuts.

In addition, next week we will be visiting both Bootle MP Joe Benton and Walton MP Steve Rotheram, seeking their support for the campaign. Any member who wishes to be involved in these visits should speak to their nearest rep as soon as possible.

You can download a copy of the template letter to MPs here, and complete the e-action asking them to sign EDM 211 here.

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