Home Office strike could hit Olympics

The headquarters of the Home Office in central London.
The headquarters of the Home Office in central London. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of staff at the Home Office, including airport immigration workers, have voted to go on strike over jobs, pay and other issues, raising the threat of industrial action hitting the Olympics.

The Public and Commercial Services union said 57% of its members had backed a campaign of action in protest at cuts.

Union leaders will meet tomorrow to decide their next move, which could include a walkout at border controls at ports and airports, including Heathrow, as well as other forms of industrial action such as a ban on overtime.