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Jobs battle at Driving Standards Agency

by Paul Williams, DSA PCS group president
Issue No. 1969

Around 160 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union struck aginst job cuts in Nottingham on Monday. The workers at the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) headquarters are angry about plans to cut 50 posts.

Other jobs will be threatened in the future and we want a guarantee about the future of our office.

The strike was really solid. Management was forced to open the building and hardly anyone went in.

The job cuts at our office are part of Gordon Brown’s plans to cut 104,000 staff across the civil service.

The department of transport is centralising the call centres of the seven agencies in the department leading to job cuts. The DSA Cardiff call centre is effectively closing, leading to 30 job losses.

There will be two call centres left — one in Newcastle and one in Swansea.

This centralisation is part of the government’s Gershon review into the civil service.

Services are being centralised without pay and conditions being centralised.

Similar things are happening across the civil service. Call centres in different departments could soon have to compete with one another for work.

There are now plans to ballot members across the DSA about what’s going on.

We are calling on the PCS in the agencies to ballot all its members.

PCS members who work as driving examiners have already agreed in principle to do this, as the job cuts will affect the work they do.

Send messages of support and donations to [email protected] with donations payable to PCS DSA hardship fund.

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Sat 24 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1969
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