The Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has commented on the news that a strike by Border Agency staff planned for tomorrow has been called off:
As Ed Miliband has made clear, nobody wants to see the Olympics disrupted.So it is welcome that there will now be no strike at the borders this week.
Everyone wants to see a successful Olympic Games and the whole country is now pulling together to make that a reality.
Immigration Minister Damian Green has rubbished claims by the PCS union that new jobs have been created in the passport service.
He said that there are currently 319 vacancies in the passport service, but this is due to normal turnover saying, "this is just the normal replacement of jobs you get in all big organisations."
General Secretary at the PCS, Mark Serwotka, claimed earlier that there would be 300 new jobs created at the passport service. He credited the creation of these new jobs with contributing to the decision to cancel tomorrow's planned strike.
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka has slammed ministers for "whipping up animosity and vitriol towards dedicated public sector workers."
A spokeswoman for airports operator BAA said:
We welcome the decision by the PCS to call off tomorrow's strike.
So far passengers arriving for the Olympics have had a smooth journey through Heathrow and it is great news that those arriving tomorrow can also expect a warm welcome to London and the Games.
Labour MP John McDonnell, who chairs the PCS parliamentary group, said that coming so close to a strike could have been avoided:
The union has secured a tremendous breakthrough to protect its members' jobs. This could have been sorted weeks ago. There was no need for this heavy-handed brinkmanship.
Mark Serwotka of the PCS union has said that it "beggars belief" that the Home Office did not announce the new investment in jobs sooner and let the situation "get where it did."
"I have no regrets accept that people who should know better have allowed things to get to this point."
The PCS union has said that 'significant investment' in the form of new jobs is the reason that they have decided not to go on strike tomorrow.
– PCS statement
A planned strike tomorrow (26 July) by PCS members in the Home Office has been suspended after officials told the union last night there will be significant investment in the border force and passport service and confirmed this would mean more than 1,000 new jobs
Mark Serwotka from the PCS has criticised the reaction to staff over the proposed industrial action; "To have civil servants have their patriotism questioned by failed politicians like Jeremy Hunt is unacceptable. I understand the reaction the Government was able to whip up.
"But we are happy to say this action has been called off"