UK airports warn passengers of travel delays due to Boder Force strikes

Border Force customs sign at Heathrow Airport
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Airports in the UK are warning arrival passengers that they may experience delays to their journeys due to border force strikes.

The day of strike action has been called by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union whose members are unhappy with pay and conditions in Britain.

The strikes begin on March 15, 2023, and will continue through until around 7am on March 16.

The UK government said it has undertaken extensive planning to minimise disruption, reduce queues and keep our border safe ahead of Border Force strike action.

Airports that have announced customers may experience disruption include London-Gatwick Airport (LGW), London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Manchester Airport (MAN).

According to the PCS alongside its 133,000 striking on March 15 will be more than 500,000 employees from eight other unions.

In France, several unions have also called for strike action and demonstrations on March 15 which may lead to additional disruption to services and queues at French ports not due to Border Force strike action.

Transport for London (TfL). which runs underground services to the capital’s airports, are also holding strikes on March 15 resulting in no tube service.

“During this period of industrial action, travellers should be prepared for disruption. We encourage everyone to check the latest advice from operators before travelling,” said Steve Dann, Border Force chief operating officer.

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