MSA GB has received information that the recent Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) ballot of operational members at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), including driving examiners and vehicle testing staff, that took place between 4th September and the 4th of October has resulted in an overwhelming vote for industrial action. [Is driving test disruption on the way?]
We have been told that there was a 70% turnout and an 84% vote for strike action. This is well in excess of the new thresholds for strike ballots introduced in March 2017 which require fresh ballots to achieve at least a 50% turnout of eligible union members, with a majority voting in favour of strike action.
PCS members are apparently pressing union officials to time any strike days in such a way as to maximise disruption to the launch of the revised driving test on 4 December.
However, MSA GB are not aware of any official notification being given by the union to the employer. Under the terms of the Trade Union Act PCS must give DVSA a minimum of 14 days’ notice before industrial action.
Will driving examiners go on strike? - Will management be abel to resolve the dispute? - Watch this space