DVLA workers in Swansea join PCS Budget Day Strike
TRANSPORT workers in Swansea joined thousands of public sector staff across the UK striking against pay and conditions.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union manned a picket line at the DVLA's sites in Morriston and Swansea Vale.
The PCS has 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."
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "What this strike shows today is that PCS members are determined to show the Government they will not be not forced to accept having their pay frozen, their terms and conditions slashed while the chancellor plots to increase the pain on the public sector with further cuts.
"The latest set of employment figures are the latest evidence that austerity isn't working and there is an alternative to cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants create jobs and growth.
"We are calling for meaningful talks on fundamental issues surrounding pay and terms and conditions and we hope the government gets the message loud and clear."