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Border Force officers to ballot for strikes over roster changes

PASSPORT-CONTROL staff at Heathrow airport are to be balloted for strikes over changes to rosters.

The Public & Commercial Services union (PCS) said about 400 of its members are involved in a row over new rosters it says are unworkable.

Officials said the move would end the ability of staff to swap and request certain shifts, affecting those with caring responsibilities or disabilities.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Imposing roster changes that will impact on members with caring responsibilities and those with disabilities is unacceptable.

“Strike action is a last resort and the Home Office needs to get back to negotiating with the union in good faith to avert industrial action at Heathrow.”

Border Force director general Paul Lincoln said: “These temporary changes involve Border Force officers working in bubbles to protect themselves and the public from coronavirus. 

“We have been in consultation with staff and trade unions since October.”

The Border Force claims that moving to the new rosters will reduce the potential number of close contacts an officer has from up to 144 to as low as 40.


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