May 3, 2012- The immigration staff in the UK will stage a one -day strike over the dispute of pensions for public employees. The strike will cause huge disruptions at the two major airports in London, which have already been experiencing huge delays. The ISU or Immigration Services Union that represents over 4,500 Border Agency employees, said members would walk out on May 10 at airports and ports throughout the UK and overseas.
The union announced the strike due to its dispute with the government over the government’s plan to increase the retirement age for public employees. The government has already had to deal with many complaints about how long the lines are at Heathrow and will try to find more staff for the planned strike of next week.
The ISU announced that managers would most likely be used to work in place of union members during the strike next week. The strike by ISU members is coinciding with strikes by thousands of health and Ministry of Defense employees along with a number of other civil servants and lecturers.
A spokesman for the union said that a skeleton staff would be used by the government and airlines might advise travelers not to fly on May 10.