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Strikes: Major ports and airports to be affected


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During the holidays, there will be trouble at major ports and airports because of strikes.

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

When government workers from different departments go on strike, driving tests and payments to farmers could get messed up.

The Cabinet Office said that plans were in place to keep running essential services.

The action will start 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 way passports are checked at airports and ports would change as a result of the action.

The Border Force is also in charge of immigration and customs control.

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

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 Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs workers who pay farmers are going on strike.

A £2.4bn demand

The Cabinet Office said that the work of civil servants across the country is essential but that 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.

Ministers said in the summer that big pay raises could increase prices.

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?

Tens of thousands of workers have gone on strike this year 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.

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

The main points of disagreement are about work conditions, pensions, and pay.

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

The cost of living is going up faster than wages, which makes things worse for workers.

Workers in many industries belong to trade unions, which speak up for their needs and 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 can’t agree on a middle ground. They vote on whether to go on strike to put pressure on their employer.

At its worst, a strike is when workers refuse to do their jobs.

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Workers can also pressure their bosses in less extreme ways, like by refusing to work extra hours. Essential services are up thanks to some jobs. For example, doctors and nurses won’t stop working completely because that would put people’s lives at risk.

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.

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