Wide support for DVLA strike on third day of second week of action over Covid safety

06 May 2021

Public support and media coverage grow as DVLA strike nears the end of its second week. Join the public strike rally tomorrow (7) on Facebook live.

Support among members for this week’s action has remained solid, with vibrant picket lines. With so many on strike, staff car parks were deserted.

DVLA management continue to look at ways to ‘police’ the picket lines by sending out senior managers to stand on entrances - a waste of taxpayers’ money.

The strike has been covered widely in the media, with an in-depth Mirror article and a BBC Radio Wales interview with PCS DVLA branch chair Sarah Evans among the hundreds of pieces of coverage.

Donations from other unions and campaigns continue to come in, with the total fast approaching £40,000. Messages of support from both individuals and organisations, which raise the spirits of strikers, also continue to be received.

The union Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru (UCAC) said it “Stands in solidarity with your members in the DVLA sites, fully aware of the importance of health and safety to all workers whatever their working environment.”

PCS parliamentary group chair, Chris Stephens MP, said: “Trade union members who take the ultimate step of undertaking strike action, inspire others in standing up for their rights and dignity in the workplace. PCS members in DVLA are inspiring workers across these islands.”

Tomorrow, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock will attend the picket line, the third MP this week to do so. At the strike rally tomorrow, which is taking place live on Facebook at noon (7), a further six MPs will address strikers and supporters, alongside Matt Wrack from the FBU, and PCS national president Fran Heathcote.

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 responseteam@pcs.org.uk

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