Today, 30 June, members of four unions - the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the National Union of Teachers (NUT) the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the University and College Union (UCU) - will take part in a day of industrial action in response to proposed government cuts. Up to 750,000 workers are expected to participate.
The strikes will affect the following areas:
- Airports: people arriving into the UK may experience substantial delays at passport control as a number of UK Border Agency employees are PCS members, and thus on strike. Outbound travellers should not be affected as security officers for outbound flights are employed by BAA and are not members of PCS.
- Schools: more than 3,000 in England and Wales will close and 2,200 will partially close.
- The Police: In London up to 10,000 civilian staff may strike, including PCSOs, traffic wardens, 999 call centre operators, security guards and administrative assistants.
- Tax and Customs: pickets have been organised at many of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs offices across the capital.
- Prisons: prison officers are banned from striking for security reasons but the Prison Officers Association has told members to join protest meetings during lunch hours.
- Other pickets will also take place at the House of Commons, Courts, and Job Centres.
- Contingency plans have been put in place to mitigate disruption but some is inevitable.