Border Force Christmas strike dates expected to be announced today

By Lisa James
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There are warnings a fifth of flights could be cancelled if Border Force staff strike over Christmas.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will announce strike dates for its Border Force, passport and visa staff over Christmas this afternoon at 3pm.

The Telegraph reports strike action could see the return of chaotic queues and axed schedules, despite military personnel and ‘hundreds of civil servants dispatched to airports and ports to plug the gaps’.

The newspaper reports: “However, industry chiefs warned that even with the military and Whitehall reinforcements, they feared flights would have to be cancelled to avoid unsafe queues building up in airports.

One senior aviation source told the Telegraph: “We may need to reduce the demand at ports and airports alike down to 70 per cent to 80 per cent of normal levels.”

An airport chief said: “Border Force haven’t given us any indication of what resources might be available or how many of their staff might be called out on strike.

“There is going to be some impact and there is concern we cannot keep people just flying into the country and waiting in halls in long queues. We will have to make cancellations because there is no way of getting people through the border.”

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