May 18, 2024

Border Force strike suspended at Heathrow

A strike by Border Force at Heathrow Airport, which was due to take place from April 11-14, has been suspended.

More than 600 Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members working in Border Force at Heathrow Airport were due to stage a walkout following roster changes.

Since receiving the union’s notice on March 28, the Home Office has asked for more clarification. They are now in negotiations, “pending escalated strike action”.

If the Home Office does not “engage in meaningfully addressing members’ grievances”, strikes will be resumed.

PCS General Secretary Fran Heathcote says: “This is a significant move on the part of PCS that demonstrates a genuine will to work constructively in devising a new roster system that is acceptable to our members, particularly those with disabilities or those with caring responsibilities.

“This does not end the dispute. It is an opportunity for the Home Office to demonstrate they are genuinely seeking a resolution.”