15 October 2021

PCS DVSA strike suspended

The PCS strike at the DVSA, planned for Monday and Tuesday next week, has been suspended following constructive talks with senior management on our key demands over plans to introduce an eighth daily driving test schedule

Up to 1,000 PCS members had been due to take to picket lines because bosses had been pushing for a new 8 test-a day regime. Following a positive members’ meeting last night, our lead negotiators have again met with DVSA management, concluding talks at 3pm today, and we have been offered an agreement which includes:

  • A guarantee that the introduction of an eighth daily test to the schedule is removed for a minimum of 12 months
  • That DVSA will engage with PCS on the findings of the recent Robertson Cooper report with a view to implementing the recommendations of the report
  • That DVSA will conduct a full timing study, in partnership with PCS representatives, in support of future discussions – this was a key pillar of PCS demands from the beginning of negotiations.

The dispute

PCS negotiators believe that this agreement represents a significant and substantial change in position on the part of DVSA and meets the key demands that we have been in dispute with DVSA over and on which members were balloted.

On that basis we have notified DVSA management that we are prepared to suspend the industrial action planned for Monday and Tuesday.

Next steps

Ultimately, our members will have the final say on this agreement and whether this resolves the dispute we have with DVSA.

We will be setting up an all-member meeting for early next week and we will put the full terms of this agreement to members as soon as possible. 

Following a reasonable period of consultation with members, we will then ask them to vote to accept the offer that we’re recommending.

From the beginning, we have sought to reach an agreed position with DVSA that prevents the need for industrial action at the same time as protecting our members.

We believe very firmly that this agreement does that and respects the overwhelming mandate that members gave us in this dispute.