THOUSANDS of immigration staff are set to join a mass walkout causing disruption at UK airports on June 30.
Border workers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted will join teachers and public sector workers in the 24-hour strike from midnight, in a row with the government over pensions, pay and job cuts.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union expects 250,000 members to take part, including 2,000 immigration members across UK ports and airports.
Following the industrial action, the union also announced its members will go on a month long overtime ban in July.
A PCS spokesman said: “Our members in UK Border Agency will be on strike against the government’s plans to cut their jobs, pay and pensions.
“Like their colleagues across the civil service, they are public servants who provide a valuable service, who now face the prospect of everything they have ever worked for being under threat.”
In a national ballot 61.1 per cent of union members voted in favour of industrial action, on a 32.4 per cent turn out.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This result shows that public servants, who provide vital services from the cradle to the grave, will not stand back while everything they have ever worked for is taken from them.
“The government admits that money cut from pensions will go straight to the Treasury to help pay off the deficit in what is nothing more than a tax on working in the public sector.
The very modest pay and pensions of public servants did not cause the recession, so they should not be blamed or punished for it.
Based on previous industrial action, the union believes there will be long delays at the airports as fewer staff will be on the front-line.
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