PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) members working for DVSA as driving examiners, and their line managers, have voted to support strike action and action short of strike in defence of their working terms and conditions.
92% of members voted for strike action on an 80% turnout with 95% voting yes to action short of a strike.
DVSA have notified examiners that they intend to implement the new 8-test schedule from 11 October 2021, despite union opposition. PCS have stated they have concerns around both the wellbeing of members and the health and safety implications to the public of introducing an additional test to an already time pressured schedule.
Members’ meetings will be held on 28, 29 and 30 September and PCS members working as driving examiners, along with their line managers, will be considering strike action.
PCS remains open to talks with DVSA management, if the imposition of the 8-test schedule is suspended before the strike date.
DVSA have acknowledged pupils and trainers will have concerns on how this will affect driving tests and have said they will provide further information as soon as possible.
In response to the threat of industrial action DVSA Chief Executive Loveday Ryder said:
“The country has endured so much as a result of COVID-19 and we have been in regular discussion with Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) on how we can support the recovery of our services, so it is disappointing that the PCS has chosen to take this course of action.
“Safely reducing driving test waiting times will contribute to the national recovery effort and we are taking steps to provide thousands of learner drivers with the vital driving tests they need to access employment, education, health and social activities.
“As part of our plans to increase the number of tests available, we have trialled examiners carrying out an additional test per day, during their normal working hours. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and colleagues is paramount. We continue to work with colleagues and PCS on these proposed changes.”