Coastguards in next wave of strikes


Coastguards, driving test examiners and other transport staff across the country are to strike from the end of the week in protest at spending cuts, job losses and pensions.

A two-hour walkout is due on Friday by driving examiners, followed by a week-long series of short strikes in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Public and Commercial Services union said.

Further strikes will be held throughout the month by staff at the Department for Transport head office and agencies including Highways and Driving Standards.

Mark Peacock, head of BSM driving school, said: "Taking your driving test is a big day and can be nerve-wracking enough without the thought of strike disruption. However, candidates who have chosen to keep their test booking for the afternoon of June 8 should still attend their test so it can go ahead if possible."