County DVLA staff may take part in strike on Friday

A walkout on Friday at closure-threatened Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in the Midlands will kick-start a month of rolling strikes among the Public and Commercial Services union’s 8,000 Department for Transport members.

The two-hour strike will involve about 1,200 staff in the DVLA’s 39 local and enforcement offices that the Government plans to close, including Northampton, Birmingham, Nottingham, Shrewsbury and Worcester.

This new wave of action across the DfT is designed to complement ongoing national industrial action being taken by the union against cuts to pensions, jobs and pay, which included a strike across the civil service, health and education sectors on May 10.

The DVLA strike from 3pm will be followed from Friday, June 8, by a two-hour strike by driving examiners on that date and a week-long series of short walkouts in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency against plans to close eight of the UK’s 18 coastguard stations and cut more than 140 jobs.

Further strikes will be held throughout June by staff in the DfT’s headquarters and its seven agencies, including the Driving Standards Agency and Highways Agency.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “With unemployment high and our communities suffering as a result of the government’s cuts, ministers should be providing all the help they can to local economies that are crying out for support and investment.

“Instead they’re ploughing on with entirely unnecessary and unpopular cuts to vital transport services. These strikes across the whole range of transport services form a major part of our ongoing fight against cuts to pensions, jobs and pay.”