Driving examiners and rural payment officers at more than 250 sites across the UK are to go on strike in a series of walkouts by civil servants.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Rural Payments Agency are two of many government departments that voted to strike over pay and other terms.
The government said the union’s demands were “unaffordable”.
The PCS, which represents workers employed by several British government departments, is calling for a 10% pay rise, better pensions, job security, and no cuts to redundancy terms.
The first wave of strikes, according to the announcement, will be carried out by driving examiners and rural payment officers in various parts of the nation on a rolling basis from the middle of December until the middle of January.
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Airport and port strikes are scheduled for the Christmas holiday, according to PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka. He added that the strikes will “cause a massive amount of disruption” and that they will be “the hardest-hitting industrial action the government will have faced in decades.”
The administration, which has been ignoring our pay demands for years, would no longer be able to do so, he declared.
Because of their pride in their profession, our members find it difficult to make decisions that will have an impact on the same individuals they were hired to help.
Due to a lack of instructors and examiners, learner drivers have had to wait a long time for their tests in recent years.
Additionally, there has been an increase in demand for tests as a result of the backlog brought on by the Covid guidelines.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said in August that there were over 500,000 students in line for their driving test.
“I might not pass my driving test for a year.”
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The civil service contributes to the creation and execution of government policies in addition to offering services to citizens of the UK, such as managing prisons, providing employment assistance, and disbursing benefits and pensions.
The PCS has previously said that the greatest percentage vote in its history—an average of 86.2% of the members who were asked to vote—was in favor of industrial action.
In the coming weeks, the union promised to make further strike dates known for other ministries, including as the Home Office and the Department for Work and Pensions.
It is one of many unions whose members are on strike over pay; in recent weeks, rail workers and Royal Mail employees have also gone on strike.
The rate of price growth in the UK is at 11.1%, and the majority of unions have demanded pay increases to keep up with the rising cost of living.
The demands of the PCS union would cost an unaffordable £2.4 billion at a time when our focus must be on bringing down inflation to relieve pressure on households nationwide, protect the vulnerable, and rebuild our economy, a government spokesperson said. “We greatly value the work of civil servants across the country.
Discussions will carry on, but we can assure everyone that we have detailed procedures in place to maintain essential services and minimize disruption in the event that these PCS strikes do take place.