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Transport department workers vote to strike over cuts
Civil servants working for the Department for Transport (DfT) have voted for strike action to defend jobs, pay and services.
Thousands of jobs are at risk because of closure plans - particularly in the vehicle licensing and coastguard agencies.
In a ballot members of the Public and Commercial Services union voted 68% in favour of strike action and 65% in favour of action short of a strike on a 35% turnout.
DfT workers are demanding:
- No compulsory redundancies or relocations for staff
- Continued civil service pay and conditions for anyone who's job is privatised
- No office or station closures
- Consultation and negotiation on all issues - including regional pay which the union opposes.
They will take part in the Thursday 10 May national walkout - and announce more strike action and action short of a strike at a later date.