STAFF at the Chester DVLA office – due to close in November 2013 – are taking strike action.
The 16 workers at the city centre office based at Norroy House in Nuns Road will strike from 2pm tomorrow (Friday).
The action comes after the Government announced earlier this month that 39 regional bases and ten enforcement centres will be axed, affecting 1,213 staff across the UK.
Services will be centralised to the head office in Swansea and more transactions will be made available online.
At the Chester office drivers can renew their tax and dealers can register new vehicles.
The Government claims the closures, announced following a lengthy public consultation which started in December last year, will save the taxpayer about £26m a year.
However, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) described the move as ‘scandalous’, especially as 79% of respondents to the consultation wanted to keep the offices open.
Samantha Oxford, PCS representative at the Chester office, says the closure will mean no ‘face-to-face’ service for customers.
She added: “We believe that the announcement is a false economy and will increase the amount of road tax that is uncollected or evaded, which will wipe out any proposed savings.
“The Chester office serves between 150 and 400 customers per day and the decision will mean that the public and the motor trade will lose a high quality public service.
“We urge our supporters to contact their MP and to also sign our online e-petition ‘Save the DVLA’.”
Strike action will be taken by staff at all affected DVLA offices across the UK.
If you would like to sign the e-petition visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/36018.