Home Office staff to strike over cuts and privatisation

Home Office staff will strike on 26th July 2012 in a long-running dispute over job cuts, pay and privatisation, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has announced.

The action includes staff across the Home Office, including the UK Border Agency, the Identity and Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau.

"The lives of staff have been made intolerable by these cuts and they're at breaking point,” PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said. "Ministers have known about these issues for a very long time and need to act now to sort out the chaos they have caused. They're acting recklessly in cutting so many jobs and privatising services, and are provocatively refusing to talk to us with a genuine desire to reach an agreement."

The union warned that if ministers continue to refuse to negotiate an agreement, then they’ll announce further action at a later date.

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