ARC members are not faceless bureaucrats, but real people striving every day to serve the public.

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About ARC: who we are and why we're on strike today

About ARC

The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) is a trade union representing senior staff in HM Revenue and Customs, including tax inspectors, accountants, lawyers, managers and other leading professionals.

ARC represents members in HMRC at grade 7 and above, and also trainees in grade 7 entry schemes. It is also a section of the FDA.

Why are we in dispute with HMRC?

ARC’s dispute stems from HMRC’s introduction of elements of the Civil Service Reform plan, specifically a new performance management system and the requirement to review terms and conditions.

The focus of the new Performance Management Review (PMR) arrangements include a dogmatic quota for 10% of staff to be marked “must improve” irrespective of their actual performance.

We are worried that in future this will have detrimental implications for pay and job security.

The new terms and conditions will mean a worse deal for existing staff on promotion and new entrant and makes HMRC a less attractive place to work. This will discourage talent. 

Who is on strike?

ARC is calling on all members below the Senior Civil Service (SCS) to take strike action. SCS staff have separate arrangements for both PMR and terms and conditions which are not part of this dispute.

ARC members are not faceless bureaucrats, but real people striving every day to serve the public.

The work they do builds schools, it builds hospitals, libraries and playgrounds. It’s work that delivers for the nation, funding the social fabric of the UK.

They deserve a fair performance system, one which allows them to do their job free from the tangle of bureaucracy.

ARC members are on strike today in pursuit of some basic principles:

• Reducing bureaucracy so we can do our jobs
• A fair performance appraisal
• Rewarding, not penalising, promotions
• A fair deal for professionals

View members' photo from ARC picket lines across the UK

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