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Home Office and UK Border Agency (UKBA) staff are to go on strike, or what the PCS union calls ‘industrial action’, this week, which will affect migrant immigration applications and appointments.

The UKBA published the following announcement:

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has confirmed that it will be asking members across the civil service to participate in industrial action on the afternoon of 5 April 2013; between the hours of 13:00 and 17:00.

Our top priority is minimising disruption to our public-facing services and our public offices will remain open for business. We will contact any customers who have appointments, and may be affected, to reschedule appointments as necessary.

If you call one of our customer contact centres you may experience longer than usual wait times. We would ask you to be patient and we will answer calls as quickly as possible. We apologise for any disruption to services which are as a result of the industrial action.

Last week the Home Secretary Theresa May announced that the ‘not fit for purpose’ UK Border Agency is to be abolished with its immigration work returning to the Home Office.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “We will not cower to this aggression; and as a result PCS will be calling on affected members in the core Home Office and DBS to show their anger and dissatisfaction with senior management’s outrageous decision.

“Members will rightly recognise that if we are to be forced by management to lose a day’s pay, then the action should be commensurate to that. We have therefore served notice on the employer that we intend to take a full day of strike action on Monday 8 April.” 
Only if management withdraw their threats over ‘partial performance’ will the union revert to the planned walkout on the 5 April.

UKBA staff have suffered from cuts, but that is not the fault of fee paying migrants.

With the PCS website calling on members to strike and support the ‘overtime ban’ is it any wonder that migrants have to wait so long for their applications to be processed?

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