DVLA staff safety should be prioritised with continued home working and the employer must strike a deal to address health and safety fears of staff, is the message from six local MPs who are supporting our ongoing dispute at the agency.
PCS members, who are still being made to attend the DVLA’s Swansea site, have so far held two, 4-day strikes over health and safety concerns.
We agreed to suspend our planned strike action which was due to take place this week to allow for further talks, following progress made in negotiations with the employer towards reaching agreement.
A strike by all PCS members at DVLA, regardless of whether or not they are being called to attend the site, is still planned for next week (24-28 May).
In their letter to DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard, the MPs Tonia Antoniazzi (Gower), Geraint Davies (Swansea West), Nia Griffith (Llanelli), Christina Rees (Neath), Carolyn Harris (Swansea East) and Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon), said that they were “encouraged to hear that a proposal to return more staff physically to your offices this week has been postponed”.
They said that: “It is vital that staff safety is prioritised which will only be achieved by continued home working arrangements to ensure staff numbers on site remain at reduced capacity. Any deal must address the fears of employees about health and safety procedures at all of the agency’s sites, consider the impact of issues caused by Covid and long-Covid, and ensure that lessons are learned so that employees are kept safe should further waves of the pandemic occur.”
They said they hoped an acceptable deal could be struck but if not pledged to give their full support to our members’ further strike action.
“We want to ensure that this vital public service can succeed in collaboration with all those who serve there and that we can rebuild the mutual trust and respect as we move forwards,” they added.
How you can help
- Complete the e-action to secretary of state Grant Shapps to urge him to intervene
- Donate to the strike fund. Account name: Fighting Fund Levy, A/C No: 20331490, sort code: 60-83-01, use reference: DVLA
- Set up a direct debit to make regular donations to the strike fund.
- Send a message of solidarity to firstname.lastname@example.org