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DSA strike sees driver training tests cancelled

  • 04 May 2012
  • By derren hayes

A one-day national strike by driving examiners protesting over cuts at the Department for Transport (DfT) could see hundreds of would-be commercial vehicle drivers forced to reschedule their tests.

The walkout, planned for 10 May, was voted for by members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in response to government proposals to cut jobs and close offices at vehicle licencing services. It is the first of what is likely to be a series of walkouts and action short of striking by PCS members employed by the DfT.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is unsure how many examiners will strike and as a result is advising candidates to turn up for their test in case one is available. If a test is cancelled the DSA will automatically book a new appointment within five to ten working days. Those affected will also be able to claim out of pocket expenses, such as vehicle hire and fuel costs, from the DSA but only if they turned up for their test. 

The union is demanding no compulsory redundancies or staff relocations, for civil service employment terms to be protected for staff transferred to the private sector, and for no office or station closures.

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