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Fighting low pay at the Department of Transport

Issue No. 2091

A successful strike by over 8,500 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the Department for Transport on Friday of last week hit back at New Labour’s 2 percent public sector pay limit.

The strike involved workers at the Driving Standards Agency that delivers driving tests, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Highways Agency that controls motorway and traffic flows, the Vehicle Certification Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

Paul Williams, PCS group president in the department, told Socialist Worker, “The strike went very well.

“A number of driving test centres were closed – we estimate that 5,000 tests were cancelled. The DVLA office in Swansea report this was the best strike they’d had in years. Offices were closed across the country.

“People have come forward to be new reps and others have joined the union due to the dispute. There is a seven day overtime ban now in place and each section of the department has a different action plan.

“There will be further strikes at a sectional level and we are discussing having another co-ordinated one.”

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Tue 4 Mar 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2091
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