More chaos set to arrive at Heathrow as immigration staff announce strike
There was more bad news for passengers facing long queues at Heathrow last night as it emerged that immigration staff at the airport – and across the country and abroad – are to stage a one-day strike in a dispute over public sector pensions.
The Immigration Service Union (ISU), which represents 4,500 Border Agency staff, said its members would walk out next Thursday, 10 May.
The union said it was in dispute with the Government over plans to increase the retirement age for public servants, linking it to the state retirement age.
The strike is likely to cause severe disruption at airports, including Heathrow, which is already being hit by massive delays. The Government has pledged to draft in 80 extra immigration staff after criticism about long queues at Heathrow.
The ISU said it believed managers would be used to cover for its members during next week's strike. "The Government will run some kind of skeleton service. If the airlines advise people not to travel on that day things might be quiet," said a union spokesman. "We want a fixed retirement age of 65 for immigration staff."
Immigration minister Damian Green admitted the Border Force needed to change the way it operated, and said the extra staff would start work this month.
But Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, warned: "Drafting in staff from other areas of an already overstretched agency is like putting a sticking plaster on a serious injury, it will do nothing to stop the inevitable from happening."
Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Q&A: What do we know about what happened?
Ljubljana: Capital idea for a spring break
In pictures: The beauty of Hong Kong
Justice for Britain's former slave colonies? Caribbean leaders to ask the UK for apologies, repatriation and debt cancellation
Malaysia Airlines MH370: the missing aircraft, and what investigators will be looking for
- 1 Watch: The student election Macklemore parody that isn't completely awful - and all the others that are
- 2 Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations
- 3 Son attacks Apple after it refuses to unlock his late mother’s iPad
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
£25000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: Opportunity for a B...
£20000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: We're looking for t...
£25000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Flight Centre Limited: Flight Centre Bus...
£16000 - £27000 per annum + Commission + Award-Winning Benefits): Flight Centr...