Border Force strikes begin – and could go on until May

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The union behind the Border Force walkouts has said industrial action will escalate in the New Year and could continue for six months.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, working at passport control, went on strike at six airports and one port this morning, with walkouts at Heathrow, Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester airports, as well the port of Newhaven.

The strike will continue for the rest of the year, with the exception of 27 December.

Travellers have been warned to expect delays and around 250,000 passengers are arriving on flights at affected airports today.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said he expected a ‘huge escalation’ of Civil Service industrial in January unless the Government steps in.

He told Radio 4’s Today the union has a strike fund that will enable industrial action to continue for several months.

He said: “Our strike mandate lasts right up until May. We will be supporting this action up to May and we would re-ballot again if we have to.”

Heathrow issued an update at 9am to say the airport was operating as normal and there have been no cancellations.

A Heathrow spokesperson added: “The morning arrivals peak has started well. Immigration halls are free flowing at Heathrow with Border Force and the military contingency providing a good service.”

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