- 18 October 2017: Battle for Bootle Campaign Relaunched
- 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
HMRC management is continuing its campaign of office closures and job cuts. Under the ‘Building Our Future’ plans, the majority of offices will close and more than 9,000 jobs will be lost by 2021.
HMRC is refusing to justify its closure plans – to either PCS, parliament or the public. We have asked to see a business case but these requests have been ignored. Even the huge changes brought about by the decision to leave the EU have not had any affect on the closure plans.
Workers now face being made compulsorily redundant while, sometimes in the same areas, HMRC is recruiting other staff.
PCS oppose the plans and it is essential that members come together to defend the offices, your jobs and your livelihoods.
The Battle For Bootle is a worker and community run campaign aimed at defending jobs and the local community.
All of HMRC’s offices in Bootle – The Triad, Litherland House and St John’s House – are set to close by 2020. Comben House in Netherton is closing in November 2018. All of the staff in these buildings are set to move to Liverpool – either to India Buildings as part of the new ‘Regional Centre’ or to the DWP in Imperial Court.
This will result in job losses for those staff unable to make the journey due to the length, the increased cost or other issues such as caring responsibilities. 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.
Our campaign demands:
- That St John’s House is retained by HMRC in order to accommodate those staff who are unable to move to India Buildings
- That those staff in scope to move to Universal Credit but unable to move to Liverpool are also retained in Bootle
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.
Follow the local campaign in Bootle on the Battle for Bootle website.