Socialist Worker

DVSA workers turn it up a gear with rolling walkouts

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2482

Strikers mount a picket line at Atherton in Greater Manchester

Strikers mount a picket line at Atherton in Greater Manchester (Pic: Rona Westwell)

Driving examiners working for the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have escalated action against plans to lengthen the working day.

Members of the PCS union began a programme of rolling strikes on Tuesday of this week, and were set to continue until Friday.

PCS rep Darren Gerrard was one of those striking on Tuesdsay.

He told Socialist Worker, “The strike is really strong again.

“It’s been a bit of a game of chess with management. But we’re going to keep going until they listen.”

Members of the Prospect union also struck on Friday of last week—and plan to strike every Friday indefinitely.

Both unions are implementing a work to rule that has seen some driving tests cancelled or rescheduled.

Bosses at DVSA have docked workers’ wages for following the work to rule. The unions decided to escalate in response.

Paul Williams from the PCS national executive and president of the Department for Transport group executive spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity.

He said, “Management have upped the ante in a big way. So we’ve taken further strikes to escalate, and it’s been extremely well supported.”

Darren added, “Management have tried to stop us from taking a legitimate work to rule.

“So we’ve withdrawn our labour again today.”

More PCS walkouts were planned in the Midlands, Yorkshire, Humberside and Wales on Wednesday and London, the south east and south west on Thursday.

The PCS were set for a national strike alongside Prospect members this Friday.

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