PCS members at the DVLA who are operational staff currently going into work will strike for 4 days from 6-9 April in a dispute over Covid safety.
We have served notice of the strike today (23 March) in a move which follows a successful industrial action ballot of members concerned about their health and safety following more than 600 positive Covid cases on site since September. The most cases at any UK workplace.
Alongside strike action, which initially involves members who work in operations who are currently still going into work at the site, PCS is invoking action short of a strike, with an overtime ban and work to rule starting on 10 April. Further advice on this will be issued in advance of the action.
Read our frequently asked questions about what you can expect during the strike.
PCS is engaged in intensive talks with the employer this week and will present our proposals to ensure staff safety at the DVLA now and in the coming months and years.
It is paramount that as many PCS members as possible are enabled to work from home and that those who can’t work from home but do not feel safe in the workplace, are not forced to come in.
We will give a further update to members at a Zoom meeting at 7pm on 29 March. Members should register in advance on the Eventbrite website.
At a well-attended members’ meeting last week 96% voted to support our industrial campaign.
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “DVLA management need to stop playing fast and loose with the safety of their own workers because the stakes are just too high.
“That PCS members are prepared to take unprecedented strike action shows just how badly DVLA management have failed in their responsibility to keep staff safe.
“Taking strike action is a last resort but if management continues to so flagrantly disregard workers’ safety, we will be left with no other choice.”
We are calling our members and supporters to send messages of support to the DVLA staff, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we are setting up a strike find to support members.
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