Department for Transport staff to stage one-day strike over pay

Civil servants working for the Department for Transport (DfT) and five of its agencies are to hold a one-day strike on Friday (29 February) in a row over pay.

More than 8,500 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) will walk out in response to a series of below-inflation pay offers and widening pay gaps between male and female staff across the department.

The PCS claims gender pay gaps of £2,524 exist in different agencies, prompting the union to call on the DfT to conduct a departmental-wide equal pay review.

The union claims the strike will hit driving tests, regional centres controlling the flow of motorway traffic, and work at licensing and certification agencies.

The strike is the latest in a series of stoppages across government departments. Unions are also co-ordinating industrial action in protest at the government’s decision to implement sub-inflation pay deals.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “Pay in the civil service is a mess, no more so than in the DfT and its agencies where pay inequality and low pay are being fuelled by below inflation pay offers.”

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