The important thing to remember here is that this is not a strike about anything so cyclical as the current government not liking taxmen.
The union said it was fighting plans to cut thousands of jobs in the department over the next few years, adding that 30,000 posts had already been lost since 2005.
This is over something structural. Gordon Brown\’s merging of IR and C&E is the real point here. The entire point of which, at least as stated, was to be able to go away with tens of thousands of taxman jobs.
And thus the astroturfing from Ritchie about it all. Funded by PCS of course. It\’s a long term problem for the union: if we only have one tax organisation then yes, of course, we can do this with less staff than if we have two tax organisations. Something a union just doesn\’t want to hear, does it?
This really is what all of Ritchie\’s blathering about the tax gap is over. The structural changes to the tax system insisted upon by Gordon Brown. Nothing else at all is involved.