Sidcup DVLA staff use Valentine’s lunch break to highlight jobs risk

PUBLISHED: 16:40 14 February 2012 | UPDATED: 17:15 14 February 2012

Staff at the DVLA’s office in Sidcup spent their lunch break giving out leaflets to passers-by about a consultation about reorganising the service which could see their jobs at risk.

The government agency is currently in the middle of a consultation dubbed “transforming DVLA services” which could see job cuts throughout the country.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union fear that 86 jobs could be lost at the local and enforcement office in Station Road in Sidcup and handed out leaflets to the public on Tuesday lunchtime.

The union’s southern rep Beredwyn Long said: “The DVLA is proposing closing offices. Sidcup is the largest office we have in southern England.

“The event was to raise awareness of the consultation and to get public support.”

He said a decision was expected by the end of April or the beginning or May and the first branch offices closures could start in September and continue in 2013.

Dave Putson of Greenwich and Bexley Trades Council said : “Staff are feeling distinctly unloved by their employer at the moment.”

There has been much coverage about the Con Dem government and its localism agenda.

The 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.”

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