The BBC reports that UK Border Agency staff had already begun manning a picket line at Dover’s Eastern Docks hours ahead of a public sector strike today over pensions.
Thousands of public sector workers are expected to join the strike with picket lines expected at hospitals, schools and council sites.
Union leaders said there would be a picket at Dover from 18:30 GMT.
The government has accused union leaders of wanting to “wreck” economic recovery and cause public misery.
Peter Norris, an official with the Public and Commercial Services Union, said the picket was being manned from Tuesday evening to ‘discourage’ workers (those not taking part in the strike) from starting shifts ahead of the midnight walkout. Source: BBC
The Government has promised to keep Britain ‘open for business’ despite striking of border staff.
UKBA Advice for customers:
The 4 Home Office unions are participating in a strike which will affect border control from the beginning of the evening of Tuesday 29 November until 23:59 on Wednesday 30 November. Starting times will vary as each port has different shift patterns.
We will aim to keep disruption at a minimum but our priority remains the security of the border and we could see longer waiting times at some ports and airports. We have put contingency plans in place and will work hard to keep delays to a minimum.
You may wish to check with your carrier if you are travelling on 30 November.
Passengers arriving in the UK can assist us by:
- having travel documents, including passports, available and taken out of any wallets;
- using automatic e-Passport gates (where available);
- having landing cards fully completed and ready; and
- staying in family groups.
Services in the UK, including enforcement and public enquiry offices, will be as close to business-as-usual service as possible.
We would like to thank passengers for their patience as we work to maintain the security of the UK’s border.
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