4 October 2021

PCS to ballot DVLA members over further strike action

Covid cases among DVLA staff have risen rapidly and with DVLA planning to increase numbers on site, our members continue to be at risk.

PCS has today notified the DVLA that we will be balloting our members for strike action over the ongoing health and safety dispute.

Ministers have already undone two deals to date and refuse to admit there are health and safety issues left to address. Covid cases among DVLA staff have risen rapidly since mid-August and, with DVLA planning to again increase numbers on site, our members are once again left fearing for their health and safety as we enter autumn.

The ballot will run from Tuesday 12 October to Wednesday 10 November and members will be asked whether they will be prepared to take part in strike action and action short of a strike in order to win the dispute that has been ongoing since February this year.

The dispute followed a truly dreadful autumn and winter for PCS members at the DVLA with hundreds of staff catching Covid in the autumn and the contact centre being declared an outbreak site the week before Christmas 2020.

The DVLA have no plans to combat a rise in cases and have even shared plans to bring a further 150 staff back onto site. Staff who have previously been able to work from home are being made to work on site. This follows 450 staff being reintroduced to the site in June and the recruitment of 120 staff over the summer. It is perhaps no wonder that cases have risen so rapidly since the summer and figures reveal over 800 cases since September last year.

PCS industrial officer Becky Gittins said, “The DVLA are walking into another disastrous autumn without a plan to keep staff safe when cases rise. It is more important than ever that members vote in the ballot to get the DVLA back around the table and find a solution to the dispute that makes DVLA staff safer.”

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