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Walkout closes Carlisle's DVLA office

A staff walkout forced the early closure of Carlisle’s DVLA office.

Union members at the Kingstown base took part in national action yesterday over cuts to public services. Ten staff are set to lose their jobs when the city office, at Parkhouse Business Park, closes in December 2013.

It is one of 39 local offices being shut. Services will be centralised in Swansea.

Staff have been fighting the proposed closure. But, despite a petition, the Government recently confirmed the closure will go ahead.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union are therefore taking part in industrial action. It is part of a wider campaign underway by staff across the entire Department of Transport.

Yesterday members of the PCS union in Carlisle took part in the latest walkout, from 2pm to 5pm.

It meant the office was forced to close at 4pm, when all non-union members had finished contracted shifts.

Michelle Muir took part in the action.

She said: “It is the next stage of strikes. Last time the walkout was two hours, this time it was three. The action will continue if no progress is made.”

Have your say

To Brian, 'granny', 'Fab' and the rest of you anonymous folk - how dare you, shame on you. If the government had dumbed down my opinions to your extent - I'd remain anonymous too.
When did Britain become so full of narrow minded individuals that people actually want to see their services slashed to bits for no real reason?
Check your facts - it DID make a difference, we closed didn't we? As did most offices in the country, if you can cope with reading more than local news you may know this. We didn't take advantage of non-members, they went home early. The government have taken advantage of us. And you for that matter - their closing us and MANY other public departments, yet your tax hasn't dropped has it? I suspect that's too much politics & economics for either of you to understand.
I'm not sorry we called a strike & yes there will be more. We fight for the jobs we want to keep, a service that the public must retain and because we're proud. Fiercely proud.
When either of you ever feel proud enough about something, anything, to actually put your name to it, irrespective of future employers, silly comments & opinions, you may understand. We don't all have a 'roll over' attitude thank the stars.
Britain was built by the public and it's ran by the public, no government will take that away without a fight, get used to it.
Our office may be surplus for basic tax transactions which are already online, but try this, think of someone other than yourselves for a minute.
How do you expect an 80year old to suddenly become computer literate (and afford the computer), non-English speaking citizens to make sense of the English online & telephone services, people who can't read or write fill forms in or again use a computer? I suspect neither of you have given these people a second thought when you sat down with nothing to do but spit venom.
See if curiosity ever gets the better of you - pop down to my office & speak to the people we serve.

Posted by Michelle Muir PCS on 1 August 2012 at 00:12

@Milly Tant - Well said! Anyone who is prepared to stand and fight against the savagery of this regime deserves the support and applause of everyone else.

Posted by Evil McBad on 31 July 2012 at 20:00

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