23 September 2021

CWU shows great solidarity with £5,000 DVLA strike donation

The Communication Workers Union has shown great solidarity and generosity with a £5,000 donation to our DVLA strike fund.

Our members at the agency have been striking over health and safety issues on site in Swansea since March, with the latest round of action in the drivers’ medical section last month.

This donation takes the total hardship fund to over £52,500. This incredible gesture by one of our closest allies in the union movement, the CWU was greatly appreciated by our members at DVLA.

Support and solidarity like this gives confidence to members to carry on with their campaign. 

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka welcomed the donation and said: "This fantastic donation from the CWU, shows that support for our strike is still high with our friends in the union movement."

PCS has twice been on the verge of agreeing a deal to resolve the dispute only for it to be withdrawn at the last minute.

We are considering our plans for the next stage of the dispute, including the potential for a further ballot for strike action. This is happening in the context of rising cases on site, with cases last week surpassing 800 among DVLA staff, an increase of more than 150 since 16 August.

How you can help

  • Donate to the strike fund. This fund supports members financially when they are striking and therefore not being paid by their employer. The details are: account name: Fighting Fund Levy. account number: 20331490 sort code: 60-83-01, reference: DVLA
  • Sign the e-action. PCS has an e-action which asks transport secretary Grant Shapps to intervene to keep members safe.
  • Messages of solidarity. Write a message of support for striking DVLA workers by emailing responseteam@pcs.org.uk.