There has been an official announcement from the Home Office of strike action impacting all ports on Friday 28 April and into 29th. At this stage there is no further information, however, port contingencies seem well rehearsed from previous strikes and the impact on goods movement so far has been very limited.
Below is the announcement and we will share more information as it is made available.
From Home Office 18/4/23…
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union has now formally notified us that around 100,000 civil servants, including their members in the Home Office, will be called on to participate in strike action on 28 April 2023.
The proposed strike action will impact international arrivals at all UK ports, as well as those travelling to the UK from UK border controls in Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles in Northern France.
It will also include all office-based staff, Border Force Maritime Command and operational response to illegal small boats arrivals, amongst others.
Shifts that start on 28 April 2023 are in scope for this industrial action, with impacts on shifts going into 29 April.
We will arrange a national Border Force Industrial Action meeting in the coming days, invites will be sent out shortly.
Our priority will always be to keep our citizens safe and our borders secure and we will not compromise on this.