15th April 2021

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Carmarthenshire Labour supports DVLA workers striking for safe working measures

CARMARTHENSHIRE Labour are supporting staff at the DVLA’s headquarters in Swansea during their four-day strike over the agency’s poor Covid-19 safety measures.
 
The DVLA are a large employer in the region, with many workers from Carmarthenshire, and it’s claimed by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) that the 600 confirmed cases of Coronavirus at the site is the most of any workplace in the UK.
The PCS say it wants its members to be able to work from home and that those who can’t but don’t feel safe working in offices shouldn’t be forced to do so.

The union says some progress has been made following talks, with 300 desks removed to free up space inside offices and risk assessments being revised. Extra leeway is being given to pregnant women and employees living with vulnerable people, which has led to a further 300 staff being sent home.

Councillor Rob James, Labour candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, stated “I am supporting Carmarthenshire DVLA workers who have taken the difficult decision to strike.
“The number of cases in the headquarters over the last year have been staggering and I truly believe that the poor practices in the agency contributed to the spread of cases in our county and the region.
“The Department for Transport need to stop playing fast and loose with the safety of the workers and introduce proper safety measures – ensuring that workers are placed needlessly in a dangerous working environment.”

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