On Monday, DVLA staff members will start a five-day strike in the latest phase of industrial action by civil servants in a dispute over pay, pensions and jobs.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) based in both Swansea and Birmingham will be taking action.

Around 600 workers who assess people’s ability to drive before granting them a driving licence will strike.

The strike forms part of PCS’s national campaign after 100,000 civil servants in 124 government departments voted for action.

Bracknell News: Around 600 workers will strike from MondayAround 600 workers will strike from Monday (Image: PA)

DVLA workers set to strike from Monday

Since mid-December members working for the Border Force, Rural Payments Agency, Department for Work and Pensions, National Highways and those working as driving examiners have been taking staggered action.

PCS members working as legal advisers and court associates in more than 82 courts across England and Wales are set to strike in a separate dispute on January 21, it was announced.

Bracknell News: The strike forms part of PCS’s national campaign The strike forms part of PCS’s national campaign (Image: Gareth Fuller/PA)

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, said: “This latest phase of our targeted and sustained strike action comes as the Government launches another attack on working people by introducing anti-union legislation.

“By trying to stop unions taking action – something we will fight strongly against – the Government is attacking the symptom, not the cause.

“The cause, in this case, is a government that has offered our members just a 2% pay rise at a time when inflation is over 10%.

“It’s no wonder our members at DVLA are angry. They are keen to do their jobs, to serve the public, but are struggling to cope with the cost-of-living crisis.

“They deserve, at very least, an above-inflation pay rise.”

A DVLA spokesperson said: “The quickest and easiest way to deal with DVLA is through our online services which, along with our Contact Centre, is operating as normal during this period of industrial action.

“It is very disappointing that PCS is incentivising union members by paying them to take part in action, and by targeting the Drivers Medical department they will negatively impact some of the most vulnerable people in society."