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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The fight to save 86 jobs at the DVLA centre in Sidcup will be brought to Parliament as members of the Public and Commercial Services union lobby MPs tomorrow.
They want to stop the closure of all 39 threatened regional offices, which could see the loss of 1,200 jobs nationally. Union officers have invited MPs to attend a briefing at the House of Commons from 10.30am.
The office in Station Road handles paperwork and enforcements and is the largest DVLA office in southern England.
The PCS union argues that the proposed closures will put a stop to face to face contact between the public and staff who help them deal with complex enquiries.
They also say that office closures will have a knock on effect on local businesses.
DVLA’s Chief Executive, Simon Tse said: “The DVLA has been serving motorists for over 40 years in one form or another. But times change and customers’ needs change. That is why it’s essential that we move with the times and make the best use of our services and experience to make sure we give the motor industry and the general public a service that is fit for the 21st century, allows them to carry out their business in a way that suits them and offers the best value for money for the taxpayer.
“A public consultation runs until 20th March 2012. No decisions will be made until the consultation period has ended and all responses have been considered.”