The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said that its national executive committee has agreed to call a one-day strike on February 1, which “will impact international arrivals at all UK air and maritime ports,” according to a statement from the UK government.
As a result of the planned action, the UK government noted that travelers should prepare for disruption, including longer wait times at UK border control. Travelers from the Cayman Islands to the UK should therefore double-check their plans before traveling or consider alternate plans.
Regarding the reason for the strike, PCS said that the strike is necessary to address demands that have not yet been met for a 10 per cent pay rise and improvements in pensions, redundancy terms, and job security.
Concerning the number of workers striking, PCS said that over 100,000 PCS members would protest along with half a million other public sector workers, including teachers and train drivers.
To help curb potential delays and other issues related to the strike, the UK government said, “Military personnel, civil servants and volunteers from across government are being trained to support Border Force at airports and ports across the UK in the event of potential strike action.”
Regarding critical goods that must make it across the border during this time, the UK government said that the UK’s Border Force would work with the industry to make plans to ensure that essential items such as medicines and food can continue to flow across the border.
A video explaining the February 1 strike action can also be viewed below: