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U.K. Border Staff to Strike on Eve of Olympics, Union Says

July 19, 2012

U.K. Border Agency staff and other Home Office workers plan to strike July 26, a day before the start of the London Olympics, as part of a dispute over job cuts, pay and the privatization of services, the Public and Commercial Services Union said.

U.K. Border Agency employees as well as identity and passport service and criminal record bureau workers, will participate in the walkout, causing disruptions at airports and ports.

“Ministers have known about these issues for a very long time and need to act now to sort out the chaos they have caused,” PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said in an e- mailed statement today.

Union members also plan actions short of a strike, including an overtime ban and working to rule July 27 to Aug. 20, if the government refuses to negotiate an agreement.

“They’re acting recklessly in cutting so many jobs and privatizing services, and are provocatively refusing to talk to us with a genuine desire to reach an agreement,” Serwotka said

Home Secretary Theresa May described the strike as “shameful” on the eve of what will be one of the key days for tourists arriving to London for the games.

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