Strike at threatened offices

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staff are going on strike tomorrow at the closure-threatened Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in Sheffield.

The base, at Cedar House, Napier Street, on the edge of the city centre, is one of three under threat in the region.

Some 22 jobs are at risk in Sheffield, 52 in Leeds and 16 in Beverley.

The two-hour strike will involve around 1,200 staff in the DVLA’s 39 local and enforcement offices across the country.

As well as putting jobs at risk, the PCS trade union believes DVLA closures would ‘wipe out the high quality face-to-face services’ the offices provide to the public and motor traders, whose often complex enquiries could not be handled by telephone or online.

The DVLA strike from 3pm will be followed next Friday, June 8, by two-hour strikes by DVLA staff in Swansea and driving examiners across the UK, and then a week-long series of short walkouts in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency against plans to close eight of the UK’s 18 coastguard stations and cut more than 140 jobs.

Further strikes will be held in June by staff in Department for Transport HQ.