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DVLA workers strike over covid safety fears at one of the safest places on the planet


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Democorruptcy

There's been one death with covid but statistically that's unlikely to be connected to DVLA because nobody else there has died with it.

Not one person currently self isolating from a total workforce of 6,000. Not one positive case in 13 days.

Global death rate with covid is 3% of cases 2.8m deaths, if everybody in the world had spent the whole pandemic at DVLA, statistically it would have saved millions of lives.

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Staff at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea are "scared to go to work" over Covid concerns, a union has said.

Members of the PCS union started a four-day strike at the agency's headquarters earlier.

DVLA sites in the city have recorded more than 500 Covid cases since September.

A spokesman for the agency said it had followed Welsh government Covid guidance "at every single point".

Public Health Wales declared a Covid-19 outbreak at the DVLA's contact centre in Swansea Vale in Llansamlet in December, following more than 350 cases at the site.

Along with the DVLA headquarters in the Clase area of Swansea, the agency employs more than 6,000 people in the city.

PCS said it was asking its 3,300 members at the Swansea HQ to strike "to protect workers' safety", following an industrial action ballot in early March.

The union said those involved would include operational staff who have not been working from home.

The union's DVLA branch secretary Sarah Evans told BBC Wales Breakfast: "They are being forced to take this action for the sake of not just their own health and safety, but the safety of their family and their work colleagues.

"They don't feel the DVLA are taking their health and safety seriously."

PCS said progress had been made in talks, but the lack of immediate moves to reduce numbers on site meant industrial action would go ahead.

Agreement had been reached on removing more than 300 desks, revising risk assessments, which has led to a further 300 staff being sent home, and a commitment on how to proceed in talks over the coming months.

However, the union said there were still "well in excess of 2,000" staff a day going into its Swansea offices.

The agency said the strike was likely to delay paper applications it received, as well as calls to its contact centre, but online services would still be available.

It said it had had no new confirmed Covid cases since the 24 March.

A DVLA spokesman said: "The safety of our staff is paramount and we have continuously adapted our measures over the past year and will continue to do so.

"There is currently not a single member of staff in the 10 day isolation period, out of a workforce of more than 6,000."

He added the agency had "consistently worked with Public Health Wales, environmental health and Swansea Bay Health Board to introduce a wide range of safety measures".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56647149

 

 

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I think the government has exaggerated the danger of this virus, and some will use that, as an excuse to "play up", using the government propaganda as a reason. After all, they are taking the danger "seriously"..

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4 hours ago, MrPin said:

I think the government has exaggerated the danger of this virus, and some will use that, as an excuse to "play up", using the government propaganda as a reason. After all, they are taking the danger "seriously"..

This happened at the school I used to work at

The usual culprits used COVID to spend some quality time at home on Netflix

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8 hours ago, MrPin said:

I think the government has exaggerated the danger of this virus, and some will use that, as an excuse to "play up", using the government propaganda as a reason. After all, they are taking the danger "seriously"..

I would imagine that government employees get the covid stuff rammed down their throats relentlessly.

If this were happening to me, then I would also fight back by playing them at the own game....

It would be quite good sport winding up the management and playing the "covid - what price health and safety" card on a regular basis.

 

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If a larger workforce in one place puts workers at risk, the obvious solution is to split up DVLA Swansea and have more smaller offices in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales? Then a lot of these workers in Swansea wouldn't have to worry about going to work.

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