UK Border Agency Employees to Strike Before Olympics

The BBC is reporting that thousands of Home Office staff are set to strike the day before the Olympics open. The industrial action will involve staff across the Home Office, including the UK Border Agency, the Identity and Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has said that it will strike for 24 hours next Thursday, when many thousands of visitors are due to arrive in the UK. Members will take other forms of action from July 27 to August 20. This will include working-to-rule and a ban on overtime. Home Secretary Theresa May said the action was "shameful" as it threatens disruption to people traveling to London for the Games.

Immigration minister Damian Green said contingency plans were in place.

East Midlands Trains drivers announced a strike earlier on Thursday to take place on August 6-8, affecting the line from London to Sheffield, Derby, Leicester.

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