25 November 2021

PCS responds to tragic deaths of migrants trying to cross the Channel

27 people drowned last night, after trying to reach the UK in a small boat. Amongst the dead include 17 men, seven women - one of whom was pregnant - and three children, France's interior minister Gerald Darmanin has said.

Responding to the Channel crossing deaths last night, Border Force union, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

"The deaths of 27 people in the channel trying to reach the UK, is an absolute tragedy.

"This catastrophe underlines why the safety of migrants trying to reach Britain and that of our Border Force members is paramount.

"It is shocking that the government is suggesting Border Force staff turn boats back, which will clearly be against international law and morally reprehensible.

"Suggestions by Tory backbenchers that the Home Secretary scrap human rights law to deal with boat crossings is outrageous and shames our country.

"PCS is reviewing all its options, including taking out a judicial review against Priti Patel's plans and a possible industrial response."