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 to strike as backlog continues

Thousands of passport workers will join a strike in a row over staff shortages as efforts to clear an ongoing backlog continued.

Passport Office staff are set to strike today as efforts to clear a huge backlog in applications continues. Credit: PA Wire

The Passport Office said the highest demand for applications in 12 years caused the long delays in processing passports.

Extra staff had to be drafted in to cope, while Home Secretary Theresa May was forced to apologise to those affected.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said poor staffing levels were partly responsible for the backlog of passport applications, claiming numbers had dropped by more than 300 since 2010.

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