30 April 2012
Thousands of jobs are at risk because of closure plans – particularly in the vehicle licensing and coastguard agencies.
In a ballot members of the Public and Commercial Services union voted 68% in favour of strike action and 65% in favour of action short of a strike on a 35% turnout.
DfT workers are demanding:
• No compulsory redundancies or relocations for staff
• Continued civil service pay and conditions for anyone who’s job is privatised
• No office or station closures
• Consultation and negotiation on all issues – including regional pay which the union opposes.
They will take part in the Thursday 10 May national walkout – and announce more strike action and action short of a strike at a later date
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The union is fully behind workers in the Department of Transport who are facing massive job losses, pay freezes and cuts, and an attack on the pension they were promised.
“These dedicated public servants are responsible for vital services – like maritime and road safety – yet they have been treated with contempt by the government.
“The dispute at the DfT is part of our ongoing fight to defend public services and the pay and conditions of public sector workers – which includes the national strike over pensions on Thursday 10 May.”