Driving examiners union announce strike dates

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The union which represents driving examiners have announced London strike dates in the first wave of sustained industrial action by civil servant members of the PCS union.

Workers at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, including driving examiners, staff in the call centre, driving instructor examiners and local driving test managers, are to take action on a rolling regional basis.

Staff in London will strike on Wednesday 28 December to Saturday 31 December and Tuesday 3 January to Tuesday 10 January.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This is the first wave of the hardest-hitting industrial action the government will have faced in decades and will cause a massive amount of disruption.

“The government, which has spent years turning a blind eye to our pay demands, will no longer be able to ignore us.

 “Our members are proud of their work, so it’s not easy for them to take action they know will affect the very people they came into the job to serve. 

 “But the government has given them no option. Their pay has fallen far below inflation and many of our members – the government’s own workforce – are forced to use foodbanks because they can’t afford to eat.

“The government is in the position to stop these strikes by putting money on the table. Ministers must know we will not stop until our demands are met and our members receive the decent pay rise they need to get them through the cost-of-living crisis and beyond.”