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Swansea DVSA IT staff begin strike in pay dispute

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Computer staff at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have launched a month-long strike in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) based in Nottingham and Swansea are in dispute over out-of-hours working payments, overtime pay and a claimed lack of consultation from management.

The DVSA deny the strike is about pay.

The union said the strike, which started on Thursday, will affect maintenance of IT systems used to book and allocate driving tests, incident management and training of new staff.

However, the DVSA also denies this is the case, saying the strike would affect only a few staff. It also denies the union's claim that the strike will affect maintenance of IT systems used to book and allocate driving tests.

The teams who do this work are unaffected by the strike, according to the agency.

This dispute has been going on three years and members have had enough.

For anyone to take strike action is courageous, but for members to take four weeks of action shows the strength of feeling amongst staff.

DVSA and Department for Transport bosses must understand that potentially hundreds of workers could walk out in the coming months if they don't get what they deserve.

Our members want a negotiated settlement but are quite prepared to escalate strike action going forward.

– PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka

The DVSA said the strike action was "unnecessary".

It's disappointing PCS is asking a small number of staff to take unnecessary industrial action.

With fewer than 50% of those balloted voting to strike, it's clear the majority of PCS members aren't in favour of disrupting vital public services.

We will put in place contingency measures to deal with any disruption so we can continue to help everyone stay safe on Britain's roads.

– DVSA director of corporate affairs Adrian Long

The DVSA spokesperson said a total of ten staff members went on strike on the first day of the strike (Thursday 22nd). All of those staff members were in the DVSA office in Nottingham.