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Border Staff could strike the day before the Olympics

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents Home Office staff among others, voted to strike for 24 hours the day before the official opening of the Olympic Games on Thursday 27 July. Olympic visitors to London could face long airport queues as border staff, and other Home Office personnel, vote to go on strike in a dispute over pay and cuts.  

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In addition East Midlands train drivers plan to take industrial action over the Olympics, after a vote by Aslef union. The PCS said members would take other forms of industrial action on key dates over the games. Staff involved work for the UK Border Agency, the Identity and Passport Service and the Criminal Records Bureau.  This ongoing dispute between the PCS and the Home Office over pay and job cuts resulted   in PCS members backing a motion to hold a strike. The government argues that the 20 per cent turnout at the ballot box invalidated the union's decision, and that it is unlikely to have public support.

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