By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 07 December 2022 • 16:59
PCS, the Public and Commercial Services Union, said on Wednesday, December 7 that staff will strike for eight says starting on December 23 and finishing on New Year’s Eve.
All airports including the larger ones such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham will be affected, effectively bringing to a halt immigration and passport checks.
Border Force staff join other PCS members from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Highways Agency and others in downing tools over the Christmas period.
Mark Serwotka, the union’s General Secretary warned the strikes could “escalate” unless the Government came to the party, adding that there was a prospect of coordination of unions representing Border Force staff.
He said: “We, like nurses and teachers and paramedics and other people in the public sector have no option but to take industrial action because our members currently are skipping meals, not being able to put the heating on at home because the poverty they are living in.”
It is estimated around 1,00 staff will be involved in the strike, however, that number could increase significantly should other unions join the strike.
The Border Force strike is not expected to result in the closure of airports but could result in significant delays for passengers, should its go-ahead.
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