Suspension notices issued
24 May 2004
Inland Revenue response to NUPE members' strike action: suspension notices issued
Inland Revenue today confirmed that it has issued suspension notices to two members of its staff. The staff members, who are NUPE members, have been engaged in strike action for two weeks.
The Department has asked the employees concerned on a number of occasions to return to full normal duties. The decision to suspend them has been taken only after careful consideration.
Inland Revenue has been negotiating in good faith with NUPE (the National Union of Public Employees) for more than 18 months in an attempt to reach a collective employment agreement.
NUPE represents about 38 employees, out of Inland Revenue's total workforce of approximately 5,000. The terms and conditions being offered by Inland Revenue to NUPE members for a collective agreement are consistent with other Inland Revenue staff.
Inland Revenue employees who are NUPE members have not been asked to do anything unreasonable or inconsistent with their current employment agreements.