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DVLA Staff to Strike After Office COVID Safety Fears

DVLA Staff to Strike After Office COVID Safety Fears
04 May 2021
 

There are to be four days of industrial action at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's Swansea offices, after a dispute regarding COVID safety and office attendance.

The crux of the strike action lies with the accusation that more than 2,000 staff are allegedly being made to attend the main Swansea site daily – a site that has seen more than 500 COVID-19 cases. 

Industrial action is scheduled to take place between Tuesday 4 and Friday 7 May and their website states that DVLA services will be directly affected, with delays to paper applications and customer service.

 

£5 Per Day Incentive to Attend Work

 

Staff at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) voted to embark on the strike last month. Since 1 September 2020, a total of 560 cases of COVID-19 amongst DVLA employees have been identified, according to Public Health Wales.

The Public and Commercial Services Union, the body that organised the strike, says that DVLA management has offered staff £5 a day from public funds to incentive attending work over the strike.

MPs including Stephen Kinnock, John McDonnell, and Christina Rees have lent their support to the campaign.  

Picture: a photograph of a closed sign

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 04 May 2021

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