Ex­am­in­ers’ strike hits thou­sands of driv­ing tests

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

A STRIKE by driv­ing ex­am­in­ers is to go ahead after a last-minute ap­peal to the Trans­port Sec­re­tary failed.

Mem­bers of the Pub­lic and Com­mer­cial Ser­vices union will walk out for 48 hours from to­mor­row, the day the new driv­ing test is launched. The union said thou­sands of tests have been can­celled.

Gen­eral sec­re­tary Mark Ser­wotka said: “Learner driv­ers in­con­ve­nienced by this have our sym­pa­thy but the blame lies squarely with Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency (DVSA) and the gov­ern­ment.

“A com­pletely in­ad­e­quate, last-minute re­ply from the min­is­ter to me fails to ad­dress the causes of this dis­pute.

“He re­peats the mis­in­for­ma­tion of DVSA man­age­ment that trav­el­ling time was set­tled three years ago. This is com­pletely wrong.”

The union said ex­am­in­ers are be­ing told to work longer, harder, and for no ex­tra pay for the new tests.

Mr Grayling said in a let­ter to the union that most of the issues in the dis­pute had been re­solved and ne­go­ti­a­tions could con­tinue if in­dus­trial ac­tion was called off.

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