Staff at six passport processing centres are understood to have voted overwhelmingly in favour of an overtime ban and a work-to-rule, and to have given the union a "working majority" for a week-long strike.
The Civil Public and Services Association is expected today to draw up a plan of action. The original strategy provided for limited industrial action to start next Monday and a seven-day stoppage starting on 24 July.
Employees at Belfast, Liverpool, Peterborough, Newport, Glasgow, and London are pro-testing about a 10 per cent cut in staff. The union says it will mean a return to the "chaos of the late 1980s" when delays of 15 weeks in issuing passports were commonplace.Reuse content