Over 1,400 walk out on first day of strike over Covid safety at DVLA

07 Apr 2021

PCS members are taking four days' strike action following the failure of DVLA to address the lack of Covid safety measures.

PCS members took their first day of strike action yesterday (6) following the failure of DVLA to address the lack of Covid safety measures at the Swansea site. Over 1,400 staff working in unsafe conditions at the Swansea site walked out on the first day, with the strike continuing until Friday 9 April.

The BBC reported that ten buses had turned up at the end of the day to collect staff, and only five staff members got on, showing the huge number of DVLA staff who had refused to come in to work over their health and safety concerns.

Our PCS van has been travelling around the DVLA sites and the local area to show support and raise awareness of the strike – it has attracted a lot of attention.

We have had many generous donations to the strike fund from members, unions, and the wider community. One PCS rep was able to give £300 to the fund. This money will go on strike pay for members in the DVLA and help them win this dispute. If you can, please donate to the strike fund.

The DVLA strikers have seen huge support from the community and sister unions. Over 100 people attended the online strike rally yesterday where PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, PCS reps, Shavanah Taj from Wales TUC, and several local MPs spoke. The branch has also seen messages of support flooding in from across the country on social media. Local MP Carolyn Harris posted on the DVLA PCS members' Facebook page saying "Proud to stand in solidarity with PCS union workers striking at DVLA office in Swansea. The treatment of employees by the management and the UK Department of Transport has been shocking. Workplace safety is not a luxury - it’s a necessity."

One DVLA rep said “messages of support and solidarity coming in daily have lit up our days”. You can send your messages of support to dvla@pcs.org.uk.

PCS will host a second public strike rally on Friday 9 April at 12 noon to round off the week’s action. You can sign up for this rally on Eventbrite.

Please also sign and share the PCS e-action to tell Grant Shapps to intervene in the DVLA dispute.

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