2 July 2021

Stay strong in DVLA dispute - a message from Mark Serwotka and Sarah Evans

In spite of our demand to pause return to work, rapid increases in positive Covid cases in Swansea Bay, rising positive cases on site and a pause to the easing of restrictions, the DVLA has pressed on with its plans to bring 450 more staff on site.

We can confirm that next week’s planned strike action will go ahead on Monday (5), Wednesday (7) and Friday (9) July. This applies to all staff who work in, or are on loan to, Drivers Medical, whether working in the office or from home.

The strike action continues to be as well supported as ever and it is the resolve of each and every one of us that will win this dispute.

In the latest campaign video message, PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka has made a commitment that PCS and the might of the entire trade union movement are behind us in winning this dispute.

Ministers must intervene

We are now at a point with backlogs that senior ministers cannot ignore our members anymore. It is only a matter of time before they have to intervene. Until then, we must continue to stand united.

Our members can’t let the agency put productivity before their health and safety. We can’t risk needlessly losing another colleague.

From enabling more staff to work from home, to protecting members going through the attendance process and fighting the injustice of members suffering loss off pay due to long Covid, having caught it on DVLA sites. The impact of Covid-19 on our working lives is here to stay and there’s still so much for our members to achieve in this dispute.

We must hold firm now to send the message that we will not allow the DVLA to act as recklessly with our members’ health and safety as they did before.

We have to make a stand, for what has happened, what is happening and what will happen.  

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka

PCS DVLA Branch Chair Sarah Evans

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