Strikes to hit airports and ports over Christmas

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Strikes will cause problems at major ports and airports over the holidays.

In a dispute over jobs, pay and pensions, the Border Force PCS union members will take action.

As government workers from different departments go on strike, things like driving tests and payments to farmers could be messed up.

The Cabinet Office said that it had plans to keep running essential services.

The action will begin in the middle of December and last for a month, with some workers not coming to work for the whole month.

There are going to be thousands of workers there.

Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS, said that the action would change how passports are checked at airports and ports.

Border Force is also in charge of controlling immigration and customs.

Mr. Serwotka said: “The people in PCS are upset. They helped keep the country running during the pandemic, but the government has been awful to them in return.

With inflation at 11.1%, it is impossible to think they could handle another cut to their actual pay.”

Workers at the Department for Transport, like driving instructors, people who give out licenses, and those who run and maintain motorways, will act.

Also, the people who pay farmers at the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs are going on strike.

“High demand”

The Cabinet Office said that the work of civil servants across the country is vital. But the PCS union’s demands would cost £2.4bn, which is too much money.

It said its primary goal should be lowering inflation to make life easier for families across the country, protect the weak, and help rebuild our economy.

In the summer, ministers said that big raises in pay could cause prices to go up.

As the cost of living goes up, tens of thousands of workers have taken action this year to ask for pay raises that keep up with rising costs.

Rail workers, lawyers, and postal workers are just some groups that have gone on strike.

What’s going on with the strikes?

This year, tens of thousands of workers have gone on strike to ask for pay raises that keep up with the cost of living.

It has caused train strikes, trash cans to overflow, traffic jams in the courts, and problems with other services like mail deliveries.

As long as doctors, nurses, and teachers aren’t happy with their jobs. There could be more strikes this winter and next.

Work conditions, pensions, and pay are at the heart of the disagreements.

Prices go up by more than 10% each year, which is the fastest rate in 40 years.

The cost of living is increasing faster than workers’ wages, making them worse.

Workers in many industries belong to trade unions, which speak up for their needs to manage and negotiate pay, jobs, and working conditions on their behalf.

When these unions can’t get a pay deal they think is fair and don’t agree on a compromise. They vote on whether to take industrial action to pressure their employer.

At its most extreme, workers refuse to do their jobs and go on strike.

Workers can also pressure their bosses in less extreme ways, like by refusing to work extra hours. Some jobs make sure that essential services are kept up. For example, doctors and nurses won’t stop working entirely because that would endanger people’s lives.

Since the pandemic, there have been more workplace fights. In 2019, strikes took away 19,500 days per month. The Office for National Statistics says that the number was 87,600 in July 2022.