London Heathrow Olympic Strike Called Off

By Community | July 25, 2012

A pre-Olympics strike by the immigration staff at London’s Heathrow Airport was called off earlier today bu the union.

Immigration staff who man border checkpoints were to stage a 24-hour walk out on Thursday in a row over funding. 

But the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) today performed a u-turn by announcing the strike shall now not go ahead. 

The government announced 1,200 new jobs will be created in the Border Agency.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These new jobs are a welcome step towards a recognition that the Home Office has been cracking under the strain of massive job losses, and that the answer is not more cuts but more investment. 

“We are pleased that with these new posts and the progress made in talks we are able to avert a strike ahead of the Olympics.”