South coast DVLA workers stage strike

Daily Echo: South coast DVLA workers stage strike South coast DVLA workers stage strike

Workers at dozens of Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices will stage a 24-hour strike today in a dispute over closures and job losses.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at 39 local and 10 enforcement offices in England, Scotland and Wales will take part in the industrial action.

The union is campaigning against planned office closures across the country, arguing it signals the end of a ''highly prized'' face-to-face service to motorists.

The union has delivered a 72,000 name petition opposing the closures, to the Department for Transport, saying it was the largest paper petition it had ever organised.

A union spokesman said: ''Our petition was signed by members of the public, motor traders, representatives of motor trade federations and haulage and bus companies, and representatives of historic vehicle clubs.

''We're very concerned about the lack of awareness among people that the offices are set to close or even that a consultation has been carried out.''

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: ''As well as losing a high quality public service and more than 1,000 jobs at a time of high unemployment, we believe these closures will lead to increased vehicle tax evasion and fraud.

''We want the minister to listen to the overwhelming views of the public, motor traders and his staff, and to see sense and reverse these ill-thought through and damaging closures.''

DVLA said it could not guarantee a business-as-usual service because of the strike and asked people to avoid travelling to any DVLA office today.

Contact centres will be operating a reduced service and callers were warned to expect longer waiting times.

The organisation suggested conducting transactions by other means such as electronically or via the Post Office.

The union said DVLA offices facing closure were in:

England - Beverley, Birmingham, Borehamwood, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Chester, Exeter, Ipswich, Leeds, Lincoln, Maidstone, Manchester, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Sidcup, Stockton, Theale, Truro, Wimbledon, Worcester.

Scotland - Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness.

Wales - Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea.

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7:24am Fri 28 Dec 12

hulla baloo says...

Given that the Echo gave many stories regarding the Norovirus outbreak on the Oriana, and a small mention about the Azura, where is their report on the outbreak on the QM2?
Given that the Echo gave many stories regarding the Norovirus outbreak on the Oriana, and a small mention about the Azura, where is their report on the outbreak on the QM2? hulla baloo

7:25am Fri 28 Dec 12

The Wickham Man says...

Get rid of the ridiculous tax disk system and increase the fuel cost to compensate, then drivers pay for their actual vehicle use which is fairer. Plus you can sack all the rest of the workshy sicknotes at the DVLA and give all other taxpayers a break.
Get rid of the ridiculous tax disk system and increase the fuel cost to compensate, then drivers pay for their actual vehicle use which is fairer. Plus you can sack all the rest of the workshy sicknotes at the DVLA and give all other taxpayers a break. The Wickham Man

8:20am Fri 28 Dec 12

Ozmosis says...

Get back to work - I want my car registration mark sorted! :-p
Get back to work - I want my car registration mark sorted! :-p Ozmosis

8:57am Fri 28 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
Get rid of the ridiculous tax disk system and increase the fuel cost to compensate, then drivers pay for their actual vehicle use which is fairer. Plus you can sack all the rest of the workshy sicknotes at the DVLA and give all other taxpayers a break.
Sense at last
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Get rid of the ridiculous tax disk system and increase the fuel cost to compensate, then drivers pay for their actual vehicle use which is fairer. Plus you can sack all the rest of the workshy sicknotes at the DVLA and give all other taxpayers a break.[/p][/quote]Sense at last Lockssmart

10:20am Fri 28 Dec 12

sarfhamton says...

Lockssmart wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
Get rid of the ridiculous tax disk system and increase the fuel cost to compensate, then drivers pay for their actual vehicle use which is fairer. Plus you can sack all the rest of the workshy sicknotes at the DVLA and give all other taxpayers a break.
Sense at last
Absolutely, we don't need toll roads either. I work my day so i drive off peak and therefore i am more fuel efficient.

You could also increase fuel by 1p and give everyone Insurance protection if they are hit by an uninsured driver.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Get rid of the ridiculous tax disk system and increase the fuel cost to compensate, then drivers pay for their actual vehicle use which is fairer. Plus you can sack all the rest of the workshy sicknotes at the DVLA and give all other taxpayers a break.[/p][/quote]Sense at last[/p][/quote]Absolutely, we don't need toll roads either. I work my day so i drive off peak and therefore i am more fuel efficient. You could also increase fuel by 1p and give everyone Insurance protection if they are hit by an uninsured driver. sarfhamton

10:51am Fri 28 Dec 12

Subject48 says...

Or better still; government to take over the insurance business with set rates so the public stops being ripped off for something they have to have.

You dont see private road tax companies after all...
Or better still; government to take over the insurance business with set rates so the public stops being ripped off for something they have to have. You dont see private road tax companies after all... Subject48

12:11pm Fri 28 Dec 12

sarfhamton says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Given that the Echo gave many stories regarding the Norovirus outbreak on the Oriana, and a small mention about the Azura, where is their report on the outbreak on the QM2?
I always thought those cruises were unhygienic, all the silver swingers spreading their germs after lights out etc.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Given that the Echo gave many stories regarding the Norovirus outbreak on the Oriana, and a small mention about the Azura, where is their report on the outbreak on the QM2?[/p][/quote]I always thought those cruises were unhygienic, all the silver swingers spreading their germs after lights out etc. sarfhamton

1:47pm Fri 28 Dec 12

MGRA says...

Lockssmart wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
Get rid of the ridiculous tax disk system and increase the fuel cost to compensate, then drivers pay for their actual vehicle use which is fairer. Plus you can sack all the rest of the workshy sicknotes at the DVLA and give all other taxpayers a break.
Sense at last
indeed.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Get rid of the ridiculous tax disk system and increase the fuel cost to compensate, then drivers pay for their actual vehicle use which is fairer. Plus you can sack all the rest of the workshy sicknotes at the DVLA and give all other taxpayers a break.[/p][/quote]Sense at last[/p][/quote]indeed. MGRA

2:53pm Fri 28 Dec 12

georgetheseventh says...

SACK EM ALL....
and whilst you are at it scrap the TV licence rip-off and privatise the BBC.
SACK EM ALL.... and whilst you are at it scrap the TV licence rip-off and privatise the BBC. georgetheseventh

3:07pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Inform Al says...

georgetheseventh wrote:
SACK EM ALL....
and whilst you are at it scrap the TV licence rip-off and privatise the BBC.
Bad idea, as soon as the licensed BBC disappears, so will freeview. Which will put all of us in the grip of monsters like Murdoch. Also, having once built a motorbike from bits from scrapyards then taking it to the local Ealing office to be registered, I wonder what the procedure would be if we lost the local offices.
[quote][p][bold]georgetheseventh[/bold] wrote: SACK EM ALL.... and whilst you are at it scrap the TV licence rip-off and privatise the BBC.[/p][/quote]Bad idea, as soon as the licensed BBC disappears, so will freeview. Which will put all of us in the grip of monsters like Murdoch. Also, having once built a motorbike from bits from scrapyards then taking it to the local Ealing office to be registered, I wonder what the procedure would be if we lost the local offices. Inform Al

3:18pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Of the Ilk says...

Inform Al wrote:
georgetheseventh wrote:
SACK EM ALL....
and whilst you are at it scrap the TV licence rip-off and privatise the BBC.
Bad idea, as soon as the licensed BBC disappears, so will freeview. Which will put all of us in the grip of monsters like Murdoch. Also, having once built a motorbike from bits from scrapyards then taking it to the local Ealing office to be registered, I wonder what the procedure would be if we lost the local offices.
You will probably have to send it to Swansea by carrier at vast expence and then never get it back as it ends up in some warehouse full of other lost items!
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]georgetheseventh[/bold] wrote: SACK EM ALL.... and whilst you are at it scrap the TV licence rip-off and privatise the BBC.[/p][/quote]Bad idea, as soon as the licensed BBC disappears, so will freeview. Which will put all of us in the grip of monsters like Murdoch. Also, having once built a motorbike from bits from scrapyards then taking it to the local Ealing office to be registered, I wonder what the procedure would be if we lost the local offices.[/p][/quote]You will probably have to send it to Swansea by carrier at vast expence and then never get it back as it ends up in some warehouse full of other lost items! Of the Ilk

4:05pm Fri 28 Dec 12

chunky_lover says...

surely if they dont go to work then they'll defo lose their jobs? idiots
surely if they dont go to work then they'll defo lose their jobs? idiots chunky_lover

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