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IRD PSA Members Of Celeb Surfing Allegations

IRD PSA Members Of Celeb Surfing Allegations

PSA members in Inland Revenue are very concerned about allegations in the media of so-called “celebrity surfing” involving inappropriate accessing of celebrities’ files, PSA Organiser Jeff Osborne said today.

“None of our members are, to our knowledge, involved in investigations relating to ‘celebrity surfing’. Instead, our members are being called to account on allegations of looking at and taking action on the files of family and friends.”

Jeff Osborne said PSA has been supporting several members in recent weeks where allegations of unauthorised access to the files of family and friends have surfaced.

“This nation-wide approach of IRD has caused severe shock to our members. They see that colleagues who have acted with good intentions are being disciplined. Some of the actions include the sending out of tax forms and changing phone numbers. These actions were carried out by our members in what they thought was the best interests of their families and friends.”

“We agree with IRD that high standards are needed. We believe that our members do meet a high standard. If staff need support and guidance, then training, rather than punitive action, would be more effective in ensuring high standards are maintained. The disciplinary approach used by IRD of late has only contributed to a concerning loss of goodwill amongst staff.”

PSA has communicated the concerns of members to IRD, and continues to meet with the employer to discuss ways in which a good balance may be achieved.

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