PCS announces second driving test strike

04-09-2006

People intending to take their driving tests today could be set for a day of disruption after the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) announced a second day of strikes in the ongoing row over office closures.

Having originally staged a mass walk-out of both examiners and administrative staff over the same issue in July, which led to about two fifths of tests being cancelled, workers from centres in Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Cardiff, London and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Nottingham HQ will be on strike.

The dispute centres around a £300,000 report from consultant Symbia that suggests customer service units in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London all be permanently closed.

Symbia's report also suggested implementing new working practice changes for driving examiners, with the PCS claiming that these alterations will impinge upon road safety regulations.

Mark Serwotka, the union's general secretary, today said: "The plans PCS members are striking over today will see driving examiners burdened with more work, leading to longer waiting times and detracting from the purpose of their job in ensuring people are fit to drive.

"Rather than provoking unnecessary confrontation in the race to cut jobs, DSA management should start negotiating meaningfully over the issues of key concern."


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