The UK government has acknowledged that strikes hitting the UK right now are causing “massive disruption.” Those words came from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson, Jamie Davies. Border Force workers and rail staff struck again on Wednesday28 December which left passengers, commuters and shoppers subject to delays.
Border Force staff at Britain’s largest airports, including those in passport control, resumed their actions saying they were doing so due to concerns about pay, jobs and working conditions. The 1,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) say they will strike for four days until New Year’s Eve. Union leaders have said that they are prepared to continue on for months, if necessary.
Military personal are currently covering for striking workers at airports including Heathrow and Gatwick in London, as well as Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester and the port of Newhaven. Civilians are also being called in to assist.
UK government issued this statement:
“Travelers who are planning to enter the UK during the proposed strike period may face longer wait times at border control.
Travelers should check the latest travel advice with operators before traveling.
Please be patient and respect officers who are working to keep the UK border safe and secure for all travelers during strike action.
We encourage all passengers eligible to use eGates to do so.”
See more advice for travelers coming into the UK here.