UKBA staff strike on October 13 and 14 13th October 2010: Strike by minority of UK Border Agency staff may disturb the smooth functioning at the border control. Tourists arriving in the UK, even migrants moving out or comuing in, on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 October can face some commotion at border control due to the strike.
The 48 hour strike, by a minority of UKBA staff, is focused at the primary control point of UK border controls, where passport and immigration checks are carried out.
The authorities at the UKBA said the level of disruption was expected to be minimal. But at the same time they asserted that the number of staff taking action and number of ports affected will only be known until the strike starts. The information would be updated online during the strike period.
Chief Executive UK Border Agency, Lin Homer said that the strike action was fundamentally about the agency’s efforts to modernise its working practices besides to deliver a more efficient and effective service.
Homer added as always, their priority was to keep the UK border secure while speeding the travel of legitimate travelers and goods. He asserted that they expected the vast majority of the facilities and services to remain open for business.
Homer further added that they would work hard to keep any possible delays to a minimum. They would appreciate the commitment of those staff working despite the strike action to ensure that the passengers were checked through the controls as quickly as possible.
Updates on the UKBA would be provided regularly during the period of the strike. Tourists have also been advised to check their port of arrival for more details about specific flights or ports.