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Passport workers' strike 'could jeopardise people's holidays'

Thousands of passport workers are striking in a row over staff numbers, as efforts to clear an ongoing backlog in applications continue.

The Home Office claimed the action could jeopardise people's holiday plans.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said poor staffing levels were partly responsible for the delays earlier this year.

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Strike during passport backlog 'will jeopardise holidays'

Industrial action by passport office workers "will jeopardise holidays" as efforts to process the backlog of applications continue, the Government has said.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

We are disappointed the PCS leadership has called this strike given that HMPO has been in discussions with the union on their issues of concern.

Holding a strike at this stage is irresponsible and will only inconvenience our customers and jeopardise their holidays.

We strongly urge PCS to reconsider this action which is not in the interests of staff or the general public they are dedicated to serving.

HM Passport Office staff know how important it is to hard-working people and their families to receive their passports in time for their summer holidays.

– Home Office spokesperson

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