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Testing time for bosses at Driving Standards Agency

Issue No. 2017

Striking in Nottingham on Monday (Pic: Dave Kuivala)

Striking in Nottingham on Monday (Pic: Dave Kuivala)

Over 1,500 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) struck for the second time on Monday over job cuts.

Management want to implement a report that will close offices in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London and mean the loss of 80 jobs.

Workers struck in July against this plan and have carried out a work to rule since, hitting the service.

“Management have not moved,” said Matt Burrows, the PCS assistant secretary in Nottingham. 

Drivers passing the picket line honked their horns to show their support. 

Paul Williams, PCS president in the DSA, told Socialist Worker, “The strike has been very solid around the country again. The support is as strong as last time.

“Around 4,500 driving tests were cancelled last time, and there is no reason to think that a similar amount won’t be cancelled again.

“We are not going to allow management to close offices. We have put a proposal to them to find work for these offices.

“The chief executive visited Birmingham on Monday and refused to meet strikers. She has just been given a bonus of £11,000.

“Management sent out a letter about the work to rule saying that anybody wilfully disrupting their contract would be suspended without pay. This raised the stakes, but it meant that those who were wavering came out on strike.

“We will be looking to take more action towards the end of the month and considering upping the ante if management don’t make a new proposal.”

lMembers of the PCS and Prospect civil service workers’ unions in the ministry of defence are voting on industrial action short of a strike against management’s plan to relocate thousands of jobs to the south west of England.

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Sat 9 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2017
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