Full PCS statement on Olympic industrial action

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has issued the following statement over their proposed industrial action over the Olympics:

"Members of the Public and Commercial Services union across the Home Office will strike on Thursday 26 July in a long-running dispute over job cuts, pay and privatisation.

This will be followed by industrial action short of a strike in the form of a work to rule and refusal to so overtime from 27 July to 20 August.

If ministers continue to refuse to negotiate an agreement, the union will announce further action at a later date.

The action includes staff across the Home Office, including the UK Border Agency. The Identity and Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The lives of staff have been made intolerable by these cuts and they're at breaking point.

"Ministers have known about these issues for a very long time and need to act not to sort out the chaos they have caused.

"They're acting recklessly in cutting so many jobs and privatising services, and are provocatively refusing to talk to us with a genuine desire to reach an agreement."'