DVLA dispute: PCS members to take further strike action over Covid safety

25 May 2021

Members' meeting called for 27 May at 7pm, as PCS serves notice of further strike action at the DVLA from 7-12 June.

PCS has today (25 May) served notice of further strike action at the DVLA. The walkout has been called to press DVLA management into an agreement and to end the dispute over health and safety.

PCS is calling all Contact Centre members, whether working on site or from home, to take strike action from Monday 7 June to Saturday (12). This is in addition to the strike action from 2-5 June. 

The Contact Centre was chosen as the site for targeted action because:

  1. No reintroduction to the workplace can be successful without the Contact Centre. It is the public face of the DVLA and disruption here matters to the DVLA.
  2. PCS members in the Contact Centre are under huge pressure from backlogs and call volume. Members report high levels of burnout and work-related stress. PCS is concerned about staff wellbeing and has fought for respite for these members who have been on site throughout the pandemic.
  3. The Contact Centre had a Covid outbreak in December 2020 and the nature of the work means that this area of the site is susceptible to a rapid rise in cases.
  4. Sustained action in the Contact Centre is the most effective way to win this dispute for all members at the DVLA. Taking fewer members on strike in a targeted way will allow for more sustained action.

Members’ Meeting – Thursday 27 May at 7pm

If you are a PCS member at the DVLA, please register for the DVLA members' meeting over Zoom. It will be chaired by PCS national president, Fran Heathcote, and members will hear from PCS general secretary, Mark Serwotka, and DVLA branch secretary Sophia Wickstead, who will address the situation at the DVLA and answer your questions.

Strike Pay

Members have started to receive their pay slips for May. For those who have taken part in PCS action and would like to claim £40 per day strike pay, please return this form and a copy of your March and May pay slips to leedsfinance@pcs.org.uk

If you have further concerns about claiming your strike pay, please contact your local branch rep.

How you can help

Sign the e-action to secretary of state Grant Shapps. We need every member, and your friends and family to sign the e-action to ask him to intervene in resolving this dispute.

Donate to the strike fund. Account name: Fighting Fund Levy, A/C No: 20331490, sort code: 60-83-01, use reference: DVLA – To support those on strike, particularly for the targeted action at the contact centre, we would ask every member to consider making a donation to the PCS Fighting Fund.

Recruit a colleague – Membership has increased massively since the start of this dispute, but we need to ensure every non-member is asked to join PCS. Talk to your friends and colleagues, and get them to join.

 

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