May 18, 2024

Delays expected today with Border Force strike

Due to strike action by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union, those who are due to travel into the UK today (Wednesday 15 March) and early tomorrow should be prepared to face longer wait times at UK border control.

The government claims that since strikes were announced by the PCS Union, hundreds of people from across government and the military have been trained to carry out essential checks at the border, as well as to detect harmful goods and safeguard vulnerable individuals, in a bit to minimise disruption.

However, the strike is still expected to cause delays for travellers into the day tomorrow (Thursday 16 March). It will impact all UK airport and maritime ports.

Steve Dann, Border Force Chief Operating Officer, said: “It is disappointing that yet again strike action may cause disruption to travellers entering the UK.

“Border Force’s number one priority to is keep our citizens safe and borders secure. We are working closely with port operators and partners across the travel industry to meet critical demand and support the flow of passengers and goods through our border.

“During this period of industrial action, travellers should be prepared for disruption. We encourage everyone to check the latest advice from operators before travelling.”

The government recommends that, where possible, eligible travellers utilise eGates to minimise disruption.

In France, several unions have called for strike action and demonstrations today too. This industrial action may lead to additional disruption to services and queues at French ports not due to Border Force strike action.