18,000 UK immigration officials including 2 million workers are expected to go on strike over pensions this week. According to the unions, this is the biggest walkout of state workers so far. The strike is expected to take place this Wednesday.
Hence UK government will be hiring staff from Embassies abroad and civil servants to replace the immigration officials at airports who will be joining a nationwide public sector strike this week, UK immigration officials announced. The strike could cause long queues at passport and UK visa controls.
The UK Border Agency said that efforts to ease the effects of the strike have been made such as "asking staff posted abroad to fly home, to ensure we are able to manage any disruption which may be caused by strike action."
Immigration staff of UK working in British embassies and high commissions in India, South Africa and Russia has been contacted and asked to return UK to cover the duties of the striking officers. Spokesman of UK Border Agency said, “The security of the UK border remains our top priority and we explore all options to ensure we minimize any disruption caused by planned union action." All staff covering the positions would be given the needed training.
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