The UK Border Agency Personnel to Strike 30 November

UKBA has issued a press release confirming that border personnel at all British ports of entry will be taking part in planned strike action tomorrow (Wednesday 30 November).

The strike is in response to the government’s demands that public sector workers accept longer work hours and personally contribute more to their own pensions.  Four of the UK Home Office’s labour unions will commence a walk-out beginning this evening and ending by 11:59 pm on 30 November.

According to the UKBA website, “robust arrangements” are in place to maintain the security of the border.  They have also assured the public that they have been working with airlines and port operators in recent weeks to “identify potential pressure points” and have trained emergency replacement staff to help alleviate any potential problems caused by the strike action.

Certain air carriers have cancelled flights and many are warning passengers to expect delays. Processing times for visas could also be significantly delayed this week.

Those scheduled to depart for the UK this week should contact their travel agents to confirm their flights and find out about any possible cancellations or delays in departure.