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PCS transport workers continue strikes against cuts
Staff from the 39 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices threatened with closure will join other Department for Transport workers in a walkout tomorrow (27 July) in their ongoing dispute over cuts.
DVLA workers, non-examiner staff in the Driving Standards Agency and other staff from the central department will be on strike between 2pm and 5pm as part of the latest in a month of rolling action in the transport sector.
Despite widespread opposition, including from 79% of respondents to a government consultation, ministers confirmed earlier this month that they plan to close the DVLA offices.
As well as putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk, the closures would wipe out the high quality face-to-face services these offices provide to the public and motor traders, whose often complex enquiries could not be handled by telephone or online.
Transport strikes in June, this month and scheduled to run into August also include action by driving examiners and coastguard staff in coastal rescue centres, half of which are also set to be closed by ministers.