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Tiendalli leaves Swans as contract cancelled

Swansea defender Dwight Tiendalli has had his contract terminated by mutual consent, the club's official website has confirmed.

Tiendalli has spent 3 years with Swansea. Credit: swanseacity.net

The 29-year-old joined the club on a free transfer in 2012, making 46 appearances in all competitions and scoring once.

Whilst at The Liberty Tiendalli also picked two international caps for Holland - his debut in a friendly against Indonesia in June 2013.

Last season he moved on loan to Middlesbrough after finding playing time for Garry Monk's side hard to come by.

Elsewhere Swansea City youngster Alex Samuel has joined Scottish Championship side Morton on loan until January.

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Hundreds of DVLA staff to walk out in Swansea over pay dispute

Hundreds of staff at a DVLA contact centre in Swansea are to stage a three-day strike in a dispute over pay.

Hundreds of members of the PCS union at the Swansea contact centre are to walk out in a weekend pay dispute. Credit: PA

About 650 members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will walk out from today in protest at cuts to Saturday pay.

The union said staff recruited this year were not being paid an allowance for Saturday working, while others faced a 50% cut.

"This dispute is vitally important to everyone in the agency. If the employer is able to cut the pay of our members in the contact centre then it will inevitably seek to reduce the terms and conditions for the rest of DVLA staff. We have a shared interest in protecting our pay, terms and conditions and resisting the race to the bottom where our conditions are constantly compared to the worst paying bosses. Workers elsewhere in the civil service get extra weekend pay. There seems to be the idea that South Wales is a low wage economy and DVLA can get away with exploiting its staff there. This is completely unacceptable."

– Keith Johnston, PCS industrial officer
DVLA said that the strike could lead to a reduced service. Credit: PA

DVLA said in a statement that the strike could lead to a reduced service and longer waiting times.

"We are extremely disappointed PCS members at the contact centre are taking industrial action. Staff had already agreed to the changes to terms and conditions which offered a competitive and generous package.Our priority is to maintain a service to our customers and we have well established contingency plans to minimise disruption. Motorists are still able to apply online to renew their vehicle tax, declare their vehicle off road or apply for a new, updated or replacement driving licence."

– DVLA spokesperson

PCS members at the National Museum of Wales will strike on Saturday in a separate dispute over weekend allowances.

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