DVSA talks break down at ACAS

07 Nov 2019

Talks between PCS and DVSA have broken down at ACAS, after a month of negotiation to attempt to settle a long and bitter dispute.

The dispute over travel time, imposed new slots which lengthens the working day, and proper workforce planning, resulted in four weeks strike action during August and September.

The CEO, Gareth Llewelllyn, consequently invited PCS to facilitated talks through ACAS, with a commitment to bring this dispute to an end. This commitment did not bring Gareth Llewellyn to the table however, and as yet, he has not met PCS since the start of this dispute in 2015.  

Our negotiators, once again, entered in to these talks in good faith, and once again, only our reps put forward solutions to attempt to resolve the dispute. Suggestion by PCS to work around the 36th hour issue were discussed at length, and brought back to driving examiner reps last week, only to be finally dismissed by the board.

PCS officer, Kathy Prendiville, commented: "We cannot express the anger felt yesterday, following a month of serious and difficult negotiation, with substantial compromise on our part. Yesterday‘s meeting saw all of this work completely dismissed by a board totally out of touch with its staff. We find it hard to understand how such disingenuous discussions will ultimately help DVSA in this dispute. PCS reps will not let our members down, and this will only harden our resolve to find a solution."

Our reps will now meet to discuss next steps. Members will also receive more comprehensive feedback from the talks in the next couple of days.

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