Britain Braces For Weeks Of Air And Rail Strikes, Set To Disrupt Christmas Travel

ninthTubers planning to spend the holidays in the UK should prepare for a side helping of bae and humbug, as thousands of rail and air workers are set to strike over the season.

The UK government is warning travelers of disruption and long queues over the busy Christmas period due to planned strikes by passport control workers at major airports across England, Scotland and Wales.

Britain’s Home Secretary, Suala Braverman, warned on Thursday that up to 3,000 airport workers working for Britain’s Border Force (equivalent to Customs and Border Protection) are expected to leave on eight days over the holidays: between December 23 and 26 and December. 28 until Rosh Hashanah.

The disruptions may affect passengers entering and not leaving the country. Targeted airports include the UK’s busiest London Heathrow, as well as London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow.

With almost 200,000 members, the Public and Commercial Services Union, known as PCS, is the largest union of British government employees. Three out of four British passport control teams are PCS members.

“The government could stop these strikes tomorrow if they put money on the table,” said PCS general secretary Mark Cerwatka. The union members are asking for a 10% wage increase, better job security and related guarantees.

the British The government plans to bring in soldiers to help with passport control and other operations, but entry processing is expected to be slower on strike days, so travelers should pack their patience.

Meanwhile, UK rail travel is also going to be messy this festive season. Network Rail, which runs most of the UK’s rail network, is warning of “significantly reduced train services” between December 13 and January 8.

The UK’s largest rail union, the RMT, has announced strikes on eight different days over the festive season: December 13, 14, 16 and 17 and January 3, 4, 6 and 7. RMT members are looking for better wages and working conditions.

National Railways (formerly British Rail) does not anticipate the situation. “This is likely to affect most rail companies across the UK,” its website says. “It is inevitable that the services will be canceled or severely disrupted. It is likely that these days there will be a very limited service with no trains at all on some routes.”

“Our message to the public is that we are sorry to inconvenience you, but we urge you to direct your anger and frustration at the government and the rail employers during the final phase of the action,” RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said.


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