DVLA strike ballot launched amidst Covid health and safety scandal at Swansea site

10 Feb 2021

Thousands of staff working at DVLA will be balloted for strike action over continuing Covid health and safety concerns, PCS has announced.

The ballot will open on 18 February and close March 11 and could see spring walkouts. 
 
DVLA has been forcing over 2,000 staff members to go into the workplace every day despite the fact over 500 Covid cases have been reported at the Swansea site since September last year.
 
The union has repeatedly called for a huge reduction in footfall at DVLA, pointing out that during the first lockdown, only 250 people were in the workplace carrying out essential duties.
 
One staff member sadly died recently after a positive Covid test and only this week, according to local reps, 40 staff members were sent home after the NHS app sent out warnings to dozens of DVLA workers.
 
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "It is a scandal that DVLA have insisted over 2,000 staff members come into work every day, despite having the biggest outbreak of Covid in an office workplace within the UK.
 
"DVLA senior management led by CEO Julie Lennard have shown a cruel indifference to safety of their staff by repeatedly attacking the union and rubbishing testimony where workers have expressed their real fear at going into work.

"Balloting our members for strike action shows the anger workers feel at their treatment and PCS will also support them in any individual Section 44 claims they make to keep themselves safe."

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