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Swansea’s DVLA staff strike over pay and conditions

Members of the PCS union at Swansea’s DVLA have begun a 5-day strike today (Monday 9 January) over pay and conditions.

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The Swansea staff join colleagues in Birmingham, as around 600 workers who assess people’s medical ability to drive before granting them a driving licence walk out.

This week prime minister Rishi Sunak announced plans to introduce anti-strike legislation to prevent unions from taking industrial action. The new law could also allow the management of key public services to sue unions and sack employees who refuse to work.

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PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This latest phase of our targeted and sustained strike action comes as the government launches another attack on working people by introducing anti-union legislation. 

“By trying to stop unions taking action – something we will fight strongly against – the government is attacking the symptom, not the cause. The cause, in this case, is a government that has offered our members just a 2% pay rise at a time when inflation is over 10%. 

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“It’s no wonder our members at DVLA are angry. They are keen to do their jobs, to serve the public, but are struggling to cope with the cost-of-living crisis. 

“They deserve, at very least, an above-inflation pay rise.” 

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