Jul 21, 2021
'Catastrophic' backlog at driving licence body, warns union
Mark Serwotka, head of the Public and Commercial Services union, said if staff were allowed to work from home the backlog could be reduced. Mr Serwotka said there had been 643 Covid cases and one fatality at the DVLA during the course of the pandemic and that there are serious risks to staff's health and safety because of its actions. The union want more staff to be able to work from home to be able to allow for better social distancing in the offices and to allow those isolating at home to still continue to be productive, pointing out the other departments had been able to deliver remote working. "We know there cant be a security issue in the DVLA that's not the same in the rest of the civil service."Weeks and weeks of productivity have been lost by stopping staff working from home,' said Ms Evans. Mr Serwotka added that although they believed there was a lack of investment in technology that the union had been told that it was also because the DVLA were concerned about trust and supervision of staff.
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