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Representatives and Branch Officials from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in the DVSA have reported that the start of the 2 day strike has been very well supported. Picket lines were out across the country this morning (4) and will be again tomorrow (5).

Thousands of tests have been cancelled – or just not arranged for these days - as a result of the action. After the strike ends tomorrow the backlog of tests will be further added to by an overtime ban. The blame for this disruption lies squarely with the DVSA and the Department for Transport due to their insistence on imposing changes to terms and conditions on staff which have been rejected by the vast majority of staff in recent ballots.

PCS was pleased to welcome the statement today from Labour Shadow Minister Rachael Maskell who stated –

"It is appalling that DVSA senior managers and ministers have allowed this dispute to escalate, meaning thousands of driving tests are having to be cancelled.

"Driving examiners have told me they have serious and genuine concerns about the safety of the new test and we support the PCS union's call for it to be suspended to allow for further analysis.

"Instead of stoking disputes like this and demonising unions who raise concerns, the next Labour government will work with staff, their representatives and employers to protect working conditions while improving standards."

Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary said today

“The determination of our members in DVSA is clear. They are standing up both for the issues of driver and learner safety in the new test and against the imposition of new conditions imposed on them by senior management. Ministers instead of adding to the confusion with misleading statements should be insisting that serious negotiations are restarted with the unions. We remain ready to negotiate but are equally determined to stand up for our members rights. Chris Grayling needs to act now.



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