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U.K. Border Staff May Strike During Olympics, Telegraph Says

July 19, 2012

U.K. immigration staff at airports and ports could walk out next week, causing chaos ahead of Friday’s Olympic Games opening ceremony, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Members of the U.K. Public and Commercial Services union voted yesterday in favor of strike action in a row over jobs and pay. The PCS said 57 percent of its members backed strike action after 20 percent of the 16,000 Home Office staff balloted responded, the newspaper said.

The union will decide later today what action to take as hundreds of people, including athletes and officials, arrive in London ahead of the Games. The PCS represents more than half of the U.K. Border Force, which covers posts such as passport control, the Telegraph said.

Immigration minister Damian Green said any action during the Olympics was “completely unacceptable” and the public would not support it, the newspaper reported.

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