Pay row causes driving test cancellations

Thousands of driving tests have been cancelled because of a 24-hour strike by Transport Department staff in a row over pay.

The Public and Commercial Service union said 5000 tests were called off after "strong support" by up to 8500 workers complaining about a series of below-inflation wage offers.

The union said freedom of information requests revealed that the DVLA's mostly-female workforce was being underpaid by £17.5million a year, compared with colleagues on the same grades elsewhere in the Department for Transport.

Driving Tests Scrapped Over Strike (Daily Record, 1 March 2008)