Transport staff to join in action over cutbacks plan
TRANSPORT workers in Swansea will walk out next Friday in an ongoing dispute over Government cuts.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union working at the DVLA offices in Morriston will take part in the action which focused on a variety of different issues.
Union members at the Shared Service Centre in Swansea Vale will stage a day of action against plans to privatise the centre and move its workers out of the public sector.
Staff at the DVLA headquarters and workers at the agency's regional office in Swansea will leave work early at 2pm to take a stand against plans to close all 39 DVLA UK regional offices by the end of next year.
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Colleagues in regional offices across the country took part in industrial action yesterday.
DVLA workers, non-examiner staff in the Driving Standards Agency and other staff from the Department for Transport went on strike between 2pm and 5pm as part of the latest in a month of rolling action in the transport sector.
The action followed a month of strikes in June among PCS's 8,000 Department for Transport members designed to complement an ongoing national campaign against cuts to pensions, jobs and pay, which included a strike across the civil service, health and education sectors on May 10.
No workers at the Swansea regional office took part in yesterday's walk out.
DVLA regional offices in Cardiff and Bangor were closed as part of yesterday's action.
It is expected around 450 regional office workers will re-locate to the DVLA headquarters in Swansea.
The regional offices across the UK from Inverness to Norwich and Exeter will be closed at the end of 2013.
They carry out a range of administrative functions such as arranging trade plates for garages, and vehicle inspections.