Possible disruption at UK ports and airports on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 October

Wednesday 13, October 2010


Possible disruption at UK ports and airports on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 October


Travellers arriving in the UK on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 October are being advised to prepare for some disruption at border control as a result of strike action by the PCS union.


The 48 hour strike, by a minority of UK Border Agency staff, is focused at the primary control point of UK border controls, where passport and immigration checks are carried out.


While the level of disruption is expected to be minimal, the number of staff taking action and the number of ports affected will not be known until the strike starts, but will be updated online during the strike period.


Lin Homer, chief executive, UK Border Agency said:

'This strike action is fundamentally about the agency's efforts to modernise its working practices to deliver a more efficient and effective service.'


'As always, our priority is to keep the UK border secure while speeding the travel of legitimate travellers and goods. We expect the vast majority of our facilities and services to remain open for business.'


'We will work hard to keep any possible delays to a minimum and welcome the commitment of those staff working despite the strike action to ensure we check passengers through the controls as quickly as possible.'


Updates will be provided regularly on this website during the period of the strike. Customers are advised to check their port of arrival for more details about specific flights or ports.



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