PCS members vote to fight for HMRC to retain Bootle presence alongside the Regional Centre in India Buildings
- Autumn General Meeting agrees to battle for additional Bootle centre
- Political support from Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd
At their Autumn General Meeting, members of PCS 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.
The campaign already has the support of local MP Peter Dowd, who is also the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The union 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.
We are writing to HMRC in order to set out our demands on behalf of members in Bootle as follows –
- 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
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.
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.