Union halts Olympic strike

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) General Secretary Mark Serwotka, has said the union has scrapped plans for Border Agency staff to hold a one-day strike.

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Labour: 'Nobody wants to see the Olympics disrupted'

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.

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Damian Green: 'No new jobs have been created'

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.

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'Significant investment' means Olympic border strike cancelled

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.

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

– PCS statement

PCS defends 'patriotism' of members

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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