British Passport Officers To Take Five Weeks Of Strike Action

More than 1,000 Members Of The Public And Commercial Services (PCS) Union Working Across Most Of The UK's Passport Offices Including In London, Liverpool and Glasgow Will Walk Out From April 3 to May 5.

10:12 AM WAT, Fri March 17, 2023

A large number of Britain's passport office workers will go on strike for five weeks starting next month in a pay dispute, which would potentially disrupt the delivery of passports ahead of the summer holiday period.

This was revealed by the Public and Commercial Services union, which noted that more than 1thousand of its members, working across most of the United Kingdoms's passport offices including London, Liverpool and Glasgow, would walk out from 3rd April to 5th May.

The Union joined workers in other sectors in Britain, which staged strikes in recent months demanding higher pay to cover surging inflation.

The General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, Mark Serwotka, stated that the escalation of its action, is in sharp contrast with other parts of the public sector, stressing that ministers have failed to hold meaningful talks with the union, despite two massive strike action.  

The PCS union has demanded a 10% pay rise for civil servants as UK inflation is now running at just over 10%, as the Passport officers had previously rejected a 2% pay rise.

The government's passport offices are the sole issuer of UK passports, issuing over 5 million of them each year, meaning any strike by officers working there will likely cause significant disruption to services.

Britain is seeing the worst wave of labour unrest since the 1980s, with strikes affecting almost every aspect of daily life from healthcare and transport to schools and border checks, as workers demand pay rises that better reflect the worst inflation in four decades.

Around 100,000 other civil servants, who work in government departments, staged a strike on Wednesday alongside thousands of other employees including railway workers, doctors and teachers.