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Posted on 7 June 2012 at 13:40 GMT

Driving examiners, coastguard staff and DVLA workers striking tomorrow

Driving examiners and coastguard staff in the PCS union will hold lightning strikes tomorrow (8 June) in the latest phase of a month of action by transport workers.

Staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are walking out over plans to close nine of the UK's 18 coastguard stations and cut more than 140 jobs, which would mean the loss of life-saving local knowledge around our coastline.

In the Driving Standards Agency, the PCS fears job cuts, privatisation and the closure of driving test centres will mean a worse service for candidates taking their tests.

The walkouts - which will also include a two-hour strike by the union's 3,200 members at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency headquarters in Swansea - are part of a wave of action by the union's 8,000 members in the Department for Transport, which started last Friday (1st) in the DVLA's closure-threatened local offices.

This is designed to complement ongoing national industrial action being taken by the union against cuts to pensions, jobs and pay, which included a strike across the civil service, health and education sectors on 10 May.

Driving examiners will be out for two hours from 2pm. In the MCA there will be a series of one-hour walkouts:

Further strikes will be held throughout June by staff in the DfT's headquarters and its seven agencies.

From a PCS press release

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