More driving examiner strikes as DVSA turns the screw

26 November 2015

Four more days of driving examiner strikes are announced today by the Public and Commercial Services union.

The rolling action will include:

  • Tuesday 1 December: Scotland, Northern and north west England
  • Wednesday 2 December: Yorkshire and Humberside, midlands and Wales
  • Thursday 3 December: London and the south east, south west and eastern England
  • Friday 4 December: all examiners nationally

The union is in dispute over road safety fears as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is imposing changes to working conditions, including extending the working day and increasing the number of driving tests examiners would be expected to carry out.

Following a 48-hour strike last week union members have been taking non-strike industrial action, but DVSA is seeking to dock a whole day's pay if this is carried out – in some cases against its own policies.

The union has called on the agency to conduct thorough research before making any changes, including into the physical and psychological effects of more tests and their likely impact on safety. DVSA should also fully review staffing given it has admitted it is 350 posts short.

Last year the union agreed arrangements with DVSA for new working conditions to be negotiated, but the agency is now trying to impose detrimental terms.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The issues of road safety at the heart of this dispute are very serious and examiners deserve more than this petty-minded response from the DVSA.

"It is shocking that the agency appears happy to press ahead without negotiating or fully understanding the likely consequences of its actions."



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