Friday, 30 November 2012

PCS Day of Action at DVLA and DWP 30/11/2012

PCS members at the DVLA went on strike today against government plans to close all 39 offices, 10 enforcement centres and 3 processing units. This will not only result in 1,200 jobs being lost, but it will mean the loss of face-to-face services being provided, and poses the threat of privatisation. This is taking place despite the DVLA's own consultation revealing that 79% of respondents did not support the plans.

More details can be found in this video with Stephen Banfield Steve Banfield PCS Brighton DVLA office rep and Southern Region Chair - click here

PCS members also staged lunchtime protests today across East Sussex, in Brighton and around the country. The protests are in opposition to plans to review all existing civil service terms and conditions - including hours and holidays, flexible and parental leave and other family-friendly policies - with a view to cutting them back.

The demonstrations are also over the public sector pay freeze, cuts to pensions - including a further increase in monthly contributions planned for April - and the tens of thousands of civil service jobs either already cut or in the pipeline.

Next week the union's national executive will consider a timetable for a fresh industrial action ballot in the new year, which will include the latest attack on working conditions, as well as pay, pensions and jobs.
In Brighton a 'bonfire of terms and conditions' was staged to show what the government is planning.