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DVLA Staff Protest Pay-Cap

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DVLA staff at Swansea offices call for civil service pay-freeze to be scrapped.

DVLA staff will stage a protest today calling for the civil service pay-cap to be scrapped. 

The Public Commercial Services Union is campaigning for an above-inflation pay rise for all public sector workers.

Civil service workplaces in Wales top the list of those hardest-hit by the UK government's pay cap, according to new research by the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS).

The DVLA in Swansea and the Office for National Statistics and UK Intellectual Property Office, which share a site in Newport, represent the largest cumulative pay losses suffered by civil servants in recent years, the research suggests.

The DVLA figure was £12 million, while the combined figure for the ONS and UK IPO was calculated as £14 million.

There will be lunchtime workplace protests at both sites Wednesday 31st January.

The PCS said it's stepping up its campaign for the pay cap to be scrapped and for an above-inflation pay rise for all public sector workers.

The union has submitted a formal pay claim for the civil service to David Lidington at the Cabinet Office.

It said it's members are seeking an increase of 5% or £1200, whichever is greater, in compensation for the 'loss in living standards over the past 7 years' and a return to national pay bargaining to replace the 'current and costly system of over 200 pay bargaining units.'

PCS Wales Secretary, Shavanah Taj, said, "The total pay loss across the UK civil service came to an astonishing £1.7 billion pounds, which is a stark reminder of the cost of austerity to ordinary working people.

"We know that Wales has suffered even more than most parts of the UK by savage cuts in government spending in recent years and the figures for the DVLA, ONS and UK IPO highlight the severity of those cuts' for civil servants' living standards.

"It's time the UK government acted to address the well being of its own employees."

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