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DVLA strike over office closures

Workers at dozens of Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices are staging a 24-hour strike in a dispute over closures and job losses at a number of sites across the country, potentially including several in East Anglia.

Among the offices facing closure are Chelmsford, Ipswich, Northampton, Norwich and Peterborough.

The 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 on Friday.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at 39 local and 10 enforcement offices 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.

Fire strike postponed

A strike planned for September 5th by members of the Fire Brigades Union in Essex has been postponed. Union negotiators say significant progress has been made during talks with managers. The strike was originally planned as part of a dispute involving changes in working practices.

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Rail strike over pension dispute

Rail services for East Midlands Trains will be affected today because of the first of a series of strikes in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the drivers' union Aslef at East Midlands Trains will walk out for 24 hours.

Further strikes are planned for Thursday May 3 and again on May 8, 10, 15 and 17.

A reduced service will be operating today and on Thursday and there will be replacement bus services in operation on many routes.

New fuel proposals

The Unite union say they have reached a possible deal with fuel companies who are currently in talks over their pay and conditions.

The union say they are satisfied they have a set of proposals, currently confidential to present to its members - but it does not mean the threat of strike action has been lifted.

The tanker drivers still have to agree with the terms.

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