Strike set to hit Heathrow over Easter

18 Mar 2021

Staff working in passport control at Heathrow have today (18) served notice for a week of strike action over Easter.

The strike by nearly 450 PCS members is due to start on 1 April - 3 days before Easter Sunday - and is in response to the imposition of new rosters which are considered to be unworkable. 

The rosters have resulted in travellers waiting in queues of more than seven hours to have their passports checked.

The Home Office has claimed it imposed rosters in response to Covid safety measures but many staff have reported they feel less safe than with the previous roster.

The Home Office Border Force has refused to agree to reasonable demands that would see an end to this untenable situation.

The strike action follows an overwhelming ballot result in January, where 96.4% of those who voted said 'yes' to strike action on a 68% turnout. 

This action will take place at the same time that Unite members plan to walk out after they announced yesterday they would be striking over Heathrow Airport Limited’s (HAL) decision to fire and rehire its entire workforce on vastly inferior wages and conditions.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: "If a system causes people to stand in a queue for seven hours at passport control, the system is flawed. We would urge Border Force to do the right thing by passengers and our members, and agree with our reasonable proposals.” 

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