DVLA protests greet jobs axe minister

Jillian Crerasey speaking at an anti capitalist demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall
Jillian Crerasey speaking at an anti capitalist demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall
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PROTEST banners greeted a Government minister on a visit to Sheffield’s DVLA offices which are set to close due to government cuts.

The offices, on Summerfield Street, off Ecclesall Road, are among more than 50 of the agency’s bases facing the axe as part of a money-saving reorganisation.

Members of the PCS union organised the protest to coincide with a visit by Mike Penning, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.

Protest organiser Michael Mackie said: “Mr Penning announced in December the closure of 39 DVLA local offices, 10 regional enforcement centres and three central processing units.

“Consequently, 1,200 DVLA workers will lose their job as well as many more private sector workers.

“We received notice Mr Penning was visiting the Sheffield local office to discuss ‘better use of government accommodation,’ so arranged a demonstration.”

n Anti-capitalist demonstrators gathered for a protest in Sheffield city centre - backed by Green Party councillors.

The Rally of the 99 per cent: Voice of the Voiceless event was held outside the Town Hall.

Among the speakers was Green Party group leader on Sheffield Council Coun Jillian Creasy, a Sheffield GP.

She had been asked to speak about how the cuts affect women and children.

Coun Creasy said: “We support the Occupy movement which is bravely drawing attention to the massive injustices in our society. The 99 per cent are being asked to pay for the recklessness and excessive wealth of the one per cent.

“The Green Party wants to see proper regulation of the banks and financial markets and end to tax evasion.”