December 13, 2022
Today (December 13th) marks the first day of strike action by some VEs, throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The strikes, organised by workers Union PCS, are set for various dates between now and January 10th. Approximately 43% of the DVSA workforce subscribes to PCS Union (source 1, source 2), meaning vehicle examiner services are likely to be significantly impacted by the strike action.
The majority of PCS union workers voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms. PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka says, “This is the start of the most sustained strike action by civil servants in a generation”. The suggested 2% pay increase for civil servants isn’t enough to sustain many workers while inflation soars at more than 10%; the cost-of-living crisis looms large.
You can find the exact dates of the VE strikes in the table below:
This strike action presents itself as an opportunity for those in our industry. The likely effect is that unwelcome VE visits will be much rarer, and DVSA contact will be minimal during this period. The opportunity is the time and space to make your compliance watertight during this period. And the best way to do that is with a comprehensive digital solution.
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