Border Force staff vote for ‘hard-hitting’ strike over Christmas

By Lisa James
Home » Border Force staff vote for ‘hard-hitting’ strike over Christmas

Border Force workers are preparing for industrial action over the Christmas period, warning major ports and airports will be disrupted.

The staff, along with other civil servants who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, have voted 86% in favour of strike action, which is due to start in mid-December and continue for a month.

Thousands of civil servants are expected to take part, including those in the Home Office and Department for Transport.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said the action will affect passport control at airports and ports.

PCS said its national executive committee (NEC) has ‘agreed an initial programme of hard-hitting, targeted action in the Home Office, including the Border Force, across the Department for Transport and in Defra, affecting ports, borders and all areas of transport’. 

“We currently have a significant strike fund and have today taken steps to raise significantly more money to support our members striking for a sustained period and carry the campaign on into 2023 if necessary.”

The union has said it is open for talks.

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