Battle for Bootle Campaign Relaunched

Members vote to fight for HMRC to retain Bootle presence alongside the Regional Centre in India Buildings

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  • Autumn General Meeting agrees to battle for additional Bootle centre
  • Political support from Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd

At our Autumn General Meeting, members of Bootle Taxes Branch voted to fight for a retained presence in Bootle alongside the Liverpool Regional Centre in India Buildings. PCS will be arguing that St John’s House should be retained for those Bootle members unable to travel to town.

Our campaign already has the support of local MP Peter Dowd, who is also the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. We will also be lobbying other MPs whose constituencies members live in and Sefton Council for their support so that we can put pressure on HMRC to listen to our demands, and will consider an industrial action ballot if we need to escalate our activity.

PCS demands

We are writing to HMRC in order to set out our demands on behalf of members in Bootle as follows –

  1. That St John’s House is retained by HMRC in order to accommodate those staff who are unable to move to India Buildings
  2. That those staff in scope to move to Universal Credit but unable to move to Liverpool are also retained in Bootle

Alongside these demands, we continue to negotiate with the department on India
Buildings for those members who are able and/or prefer to make the move to Liverpool. Our aim is not to retain Bootle at the expense of Liverpool but to ensure the best results for members in both Bootle and Liverpool – not to mention for the department, who are struggling to recruit the numbers they need in the Regional Centre.

Next steps

We will be seeking the maximum possible political support for our campaign. This will involve lobbying local politicians to support our campaign and to engage the department on our behalf.

We will also be looking at what other activities we can organise in order to put pressure on HMRC. If they refuse to engage with us at all, or we make insufficient progress, we will hold members meetings in order to discuss any industrial response.

Get involved!

There are a number of ways that you can support the campaign and get more involved in your union:

  • Share and discuss PCS briefings with your colleagues, and encourage them to come along to meetings and campaign activity.
  • Contribute to the PCS Fighting Fund, so we can support members taking sustained targeted industrial action, here.
  • If you know somebody who is not a member, ask them to join the union. Forms are available from your local rep, or they can join online here.

Remember: HMRC are restrictive about what circulars can be distributed using the
department’s email system, so make sure that you stay in touch with your union. If you haven’t already done so, let PCS have your personal/non-work email address and your mobile phone number.

Download the letter to Jon Thompson here: Word | PDF

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