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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Passport workers go on strike over staff shortages

Passport Office staff are on strike over staff shortages which they say have led to a serious backlog in processing applications this year.

Workers outside the passport office in Victoria, central London go on strike over staff shortages. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Workers set up picket lines outside the passport office in Victoria, central London, during a strike over staff shortages which they say have led to a serious backlog in processing applications this year.

The action came following the highest demand for passports in 12 years. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

As many as 30,000 people have been caught up in the backlog as the number of passport applications topped the highest ever last month in excess of 775,000.

Customers wait to be served at the passport office in Victoria, central London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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