UK BORDER AGENCY STRIKE – THURSDAY 26th JULY 2012
Unfortunately we have this morning, received this notice today regarding the proposed strike action by UK Border Agency staff:
The Public and Commercial Services Union have announced in a statement that members across the Home Office will take strike action on Thursday 26th July in a dispute over job cuts, pay and privatisation.
The 24 hour strike will start on 26th July and will involve UK Border Agency, the Identity and Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau staff.
It is possible that this strike will impact on border controls on what will be one of the busiest arrival days of the year. This means that passengers travelling into the UK may experience delays at passport control, immigration and customs.
In order to keep delays to a minimum, passengers should have their travel documents, including passports, available and taken out of any wallets, ready for inspection. To prepare for delays, passengers should also make sure they carry essential supplies such as non-perishable snacks & water, baby food and nappies in their hand luggage. If they are travelling with children, they should consider how to keep them entertained. All essential medication should be kept in their hand luggage.
Those customers leaving the UK during this time may be affected by delays at security and passport control. We would therefore suggest that customers ensure they leave plenty of time to make their way to the airport to check-in and make their way to the departure lounge as soon as they have done so.