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Chester DVLA staff stage walkout over job cuts

Published date: 03 September 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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STAFF from the DVLA office in Chester staged a walkout over planned cuts to jobs and services.

Workers based at the Norroy House office in Nuns Road joined colleagues across the country by walking out on Friday afternoon.

The industrial action was led by the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) over concerns thousands of untaxed vehicles could avoid detection.

The DVLA is withdrawing some automatic number plate recognition vehicles from the end of this month.

The union says the cutbacks will produce minimal savings and the proposed alternatives are not up to scratch.

PCS national office for the Department for Transport Dave Cliff said: “79 per cent of respondents to DVLA’s consultation didn’t want them to go ahead with their proposals, yet the minister is driving ahead with plans that make no economic sense, will mean a worse service for the public and will see road tax evasion increase.

“We urge the government to listen to the motor trade and public and stop their closure programme.”

The DVLA has announced plans to close 39 regional offices, including the one in Chester, along with 10 enforcement centres.

PCS members from all DVLA offices walked out at 2pm on Friday in the latest strike action.

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