‘Prepare for disruption’ warning as new Border Force strike announced

By Lisa James
24/01/2023
Home » ‘Prepare for disruption’ warning as new Border Force strike announced

Passengers coming into the UK on 1 February are being warned they face longer wait times as Border Force staff confirmed another strike.

The Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union has announced Civil Service industrial action planned for the first day of February will include Border Force operations.

The Government issued an update to say the strike was expected to continue until 7am on 2 February: “The proposed strike action will impact international arrivals at all UK air and maritime ports as well as those travelling to the UK from UK border controls in Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles in Northern France.

“If you are travelling into the UK via any entry point, you should prepare for disruption and check before you travel.

“Those who are due to travel into the UK during the proposed industrial action should be prepared to face longer wait times at UK border control.”

And it warned passengers: “Please respect staff as we try and get you through the border as quickly and safely as possible. All forms of abuse and any inappropriate behaviour will be reported to the police.”

It said all passengers should use eGates if available and able to do so and added: “We advise travellers to check with travel agents, tour operators, and airlines/carriers before travelling, to check if the proposed strike action will affect your journey.

“Passengers can also check airport websites before travelling to stay up to date with the latest information related to travel or possible delays caused by strike action.”

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