Border Force workers confirm eight days of Christmas strikes

By Lisa James
08/12/2022
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Border Force workers checking passports at airports and ports will strike before, during and after Christmas.

The Public and Commercial Services union has announced strikes will take place between 23-26 December and 28-31 December.

It says Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow terminals 2-5 and Manchester airports will be hit, as will the Port of Newhaven.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said workers were prepared to escalate the strikes unless the Government agreed to ‘put money on the table now’.

He said members were struggling with the cost of living, could not afford heating and were skipping meals.

Advantage Travel Partnership CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said urged the Government and unions to resolve their issues or risk more travel chaos.

She said: “These newly announced strikes, the ongoing rail strikes and the general disruption to services across the UK is going to cause chaos for those travelling over Christmas. 

“This latest round of strikes could mean the return of travel chaos we saw when covid restrictions were lifted and there weren’t enough staff to cope with demand for international travel. 

“Christmas is an incredibly busy time for holiday makers and international travellers and these strikes will impact their plans and damage consumer confidence in the already suffering travel industry.

“Unions are clearly trying to do what’s best for their members, but in the meantime hardworking people are trying to go about their daily lives, whether that’s for business or personal reasons, and facing no end of disruption. 

“We urge the Government to work with unions to get these issues resolved as soon as possible.”

The Times reports up to 30% of flights could be cancelled over the period because of industrial action.

Meanwhile, members of the Unite union will hold two 24-hour walkouts at some Scottish airports in the run-up to Christmas.

Administration staff, fire and rescue personnel and security workers at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick airports are protesting over pay.

The strikes will take place on Monday 19 December and Thursday 22 December.

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