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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:
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:
Labour MP John McDonnell, who chairs the PCS parliamentary group, said that coming so close to a strike could have been avoided:
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.
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"
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Home Office job adverts would appear to show that unions 'won' the dispute, but Damian Green denies there are any new jobs.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has cancelled plans to strike tomorrow - the day before the Olympic Opening Ceremony.