- 16 February 2016: HMRC sacks 150 and stokes dispute
- 2 February 2016: HMRC confirm more than 150 redundancies
- 28 January 2016: HMRC management reject PCS call to step back from redundancy threat
- 7 January 2016: HMRC Members Face Redundancy Threat
- 7 December 2015: Get involved with the Battle For Bootle
- 12 November 2015: HMRC confirm widespread office closure programme
In November 2015, HMRC announced its plans to cut its offices from 170 to 17, putting the future of thousands of staff at risk.
We believe these proposals pose a significant threat to the operation of HMRC, its service to the public and the working lives of staff.
The threat is so severe, we believe, that as well as entering into genuine negotiations, HMRC must launch a high-profile public consultation and allow its proposals to be subject to full parliamentary scrutiny.
MPs and tax experts have previously supported our view that a visible, local HMRC presence is essential to maintaining confidence in our tax system and ensure taxpayers comply with their obligations.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “No one should be in any doubt that, if implemented, these proposals would be absolutely devastating for HMRC and the people who work there.
“Closing this many offices would pose a significant threat to the operation of HMRC, its service to the public and the working lives of staff, and the need for parliamentary scrutiny of the plans is undeniable and urgent.”
The Battle For Bootle is a worker and community run campaign aimed at defending jobs and the local community.
We now know that all HMRC offices in Bootle – The Triad, Litherland House, St John’s House and Comben House – are set to close by or before 2020. This means that around 3,000 staff face a move to Liverpool.
This will result in job losses, as they are among around 6,000 staff facing the move to Liverpool in the North West while the new Regional Centre will only hold between 2,800 and 3,100 staff. It will also devastate the local economy, putting many businesses particularly along Stanley Road who rely on HMRC staff custom to survive at risk of closure.
The campaign has one key demand:
- To maintain HMRC’s presence in the centre of Bootle and in Netherton.
The reasons for this are:
- To defend the jobs of staff employed directly by HMRC
- To defend the jobs of outsourced workers providing facility services to HMRC
- To defend the local economy of the Bootle area
We will use all means at our disposal in order to achieve this aim, in a campaign run by and for the workers in the Bootle area.
Join the campaign
Follow the local campaign in Bootle on the Battle for Bootle website.
We’ve also set up a mailing list, which you can sign up to here.
Budget Day demonstration – Wednesday 16 March, assemble 12.30pm, South Park.
Campaign monthly planning meetings:
Next meeting – Wednesday 17 February 2016, details TBC
Sign the local petition for Bootle and Netherton here.
Sign the national petition on HMRC’s closure programme and help us get the issue debated in parliament here.
Write to your local MP and local councillor raising your concerns about the closures using the tools on this website.
Invite your MP to the PCS briefing against the closures here.