Border force union announces date for April strike

Tue 28 Mar 2023
Posted by: Phillip Adnett
Trade News

Border force logo above airport security queue

The public sector union that includes border staff has revealed the dates for its next major round of industrial action.

The PCS union, which represents a wide range of public sector workers including border force staff, has announced a strike will be held on 28 April, according to the BBC.

More than 130,000 civil servants have voted for industrial action in an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and job security, with PCS saying that over 185 different employers were included in the vote.

Money wanted

General secretary of the union, Mark Serwotka, said: “Our members are not backing down in this dispute. Ministers need to take notice that we’re escalating our action and they need to resolve the dispute by putting money on the table.”

The government responded by saying that union demands would cost an “unaffordable £2.4bn”.

Border effect

Previous industrial action at the borders has caused issues, with the government advising of adverse impacts on the movement of goods from crucial ports in the South of England.

In relation to previous walkouts by Border Force staff, the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) has advised strikes will impact the movement of goods through UK ports and airports, as well as goods travelling to the UK from UK border controls in the French ports of Calais, Dunkirk and Couquelles.

Easter strikes

Strikes across multiple modes of transport look set to continue, despite recent agreements between unions and managing authorities.

British Airways has said that it is to cut flights taking place during the Easter holidays as a result of industrial action that will see over a thousand security guards down tools.

Cargo operations are also likely to be hit by these events.

The latest round of train strikes were called off, after the RMT union agreed to put a revised pay offer to its members for a vote, according to the BBC.