DVLA workers in Swansea join PCS Budget Day Strike
TRANSPORT workers in Swansea are among thousands of public sector staff across the UK striking against pay and conditions today(20/3/13).
Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union manned a picket line at the DVLA's sites in Morriston and Swansea Vale this morning.
The PCS has around 3,500 members at the DVLA in Swansea.
Richard Jenkins, PCS DVLA section president, manned a picket line at Swansea Vale and said: "This action is against pay and conditions and job cuts.
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"We are still waiting for a pay rise from last year.
"The Chancellor and Mr Cameron say the civil service has had a one per cent pay rise but we haven't had our one per cent.
"People who work here have got families to support.
"Everybody's bills are going up but wages are not going up to match."
Picket lines were manned from 5.30am at the DVLA in Morriston and from 7.30am in Swansea Vale.
The action will be followed by a half day walk out on Friday, April 5.
A DVLA spokeswoman said: "During any strike action our priority is always to maintain a service to our customers and we have well established contingency plans in place to minimise any disruption.
"Motorists can apply online or by 'phone to renew their vehicle tax, declare their vehicle off road or apply for a new, updated or replacement driving licence – go to 'GOV.UK' for further information."