The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) operational members at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, including driving examiners and vehicle testing staff, are due to be balloted from 4th September until the 4th of October for industrial action in a protracted dispute over travel time arrangements, health and safety and other changes to terms and conditions.
There have been talks involving PCS and DVSA since 2015 but the union states that the DVSA and the Department for Transport still refuses to resolve the outstanding issues. Aparently these issues include the new "Sat Nav driving test" but it is not clear what the issues are that PCS has with the revised driving test.
MSA GB general manager John Lepine said:
"This long standing dispute between DVSA, DfT and the examiners trade union caused disruption to the driving test programme back in November 2015. It seems ridiculous that two years later the dispute is still ongoing.
"I would urge all three sides to get together and sort this out before ADIs and thier pupils have to suffer further inconvieience."
DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:
“PCS members agreed to a new contract in April 2014 in return for a one-off payment and a three year pay agreement so it is surprising that PCS are now objecting to the contract they had previously recommended to their members.
“We hope PCS members will accept our best and final offer so we can start new negotiations on options for flexible working which will bring financial benefits for many of them.
“In the event of any industrial action, I know the vast majority of DVSA employees will continue to deliver excellent services for the customers who pay for our work.”