HOME OFFICE STAFF HAVE VOTED IN FAVOUR OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION

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Holidaymakers' passport applications could face serious delays after a vote in favour of industrial action among Home Office staff due to be announced today, writes Barrie Clement.

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.

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