Those who need services from the Home Office and the UKBA are most likely to be affected by the strike organised by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.
PCS has confirmed that it will be asking members across the civil service to participate in industrial action. The action will consist of a number of one day strikes across Home Office business areas on 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th April 2013.
“We are currently implementing well-rehearsed local contingency plans to deal with the strike action and do not expect any significant disruption,” UKBA said. “Our top priority is to ensure the continuation of our public-facing services and our public offices will remain open for business.”
UKBA said they’ll contact any customers who have appointments, and may be affected, to reschedule appointments as necessary.
“If we do not contact you, you should attend you appointment as arranged,” UKBA said. “If you call one of our customer contact centres you may experience longer than usual wait times. We would ask you to be patient and we will answer calls as quickly as possible.”
In a statement, PCS said: “Next week we are escalating our original plans to cause maximum disruption to the employer. We are escalating our action because the government is continuing to refuse to negotiate on the key issues affecting members’ livelihood and job security. The first day of next week's action on Tuesday involves all members in immigration and settlement, excluding permanent migration and is followed on Wednesday by members in the permanent migration area only. They will be joined by members working at Home Office headquarters in Marsham Street, London, who do not work in international operations and visas, resources and organisational development, immigration and settlement, enforcement and crime, director of operations or strategy and intelligence.
“On Thursday there will be a day of action by members in resource and organisational development, director of operations, strategy and intelligence, international operations and visas, with the week rounding off on Friday with action by members in enforcement and crime.”