Staff to protest over DVLA closures

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has announced it will stage protests across the country on Tuesday over Government plans to close all 39 regional Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices in the UK.

PCS said that up to 1,200 jobs are at risk at the DVLA, which maintains databases of drivers and vehicles and hands out penalties to motorists who do not have adequatecar insurance .

There would also be no more direct services for motorists and motor traders in England, Wales and Scotland, the union said.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "We will not sit back and watch while jobs and highly-prized public services are stripped away. Our local economies are crying out for support and investment, not more cuts.

"The closure plans are not based on what the people who use these services say they want and need, but on a politically motivated desire to unpick our public services."

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