Border staff strike cancelled

Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary Photo:

A planned strike by Home Office staff including immigration officers in a row over jobs and pay has been called off after progress in peace talks.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union were due to stage a 24-hour walkout tomorrow, the eve of the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

The Government had announced legal action to try to prevent the strike going ahead.

The union said 800 new jobs will be created in the Border Agency and 300 in passport offices, describing it as enough progress to suspend the strike.

Mark Serwotka, the PCS General Secretary has said that it was only information released in the last few days which has seen funding for more jobs, that meant the strike would be called off.