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Passport Office staff strike back at backlog

Issue No. 2414

Pickets at the office in London

Pickets at the office in London (Pic: Michael Bradley)

Thousands of workers at Passport Offices around Britain struck on Monday of this week over poor pay and low staffing levels.

Hundreds of jobs have been cut at the passport agency over the last four years. This has led to the ongoing crisis in offices, with a backlog of tens of thousands of documents.

Paul McGoay, a PCS rep at the Passport Office in London, told Socialist Worker, “The crisis is down to the government’s cuts. This is a two-pronged dispute. We’re striking to ensure we get decent pay and staffing levels so that we are able to deliver our service.”

Passport office staff are some of the worse paid in the civil service, with some on £3,000 less than other workers. This means many are forced to work extra days over the year to make up the difference.

“We want that rectified,” said Paul. Three days of rolling regional strikes were set to hit tax offices this week, where PCS members are fighting job cuts, office closures and privatisation.

The walkouts were set to take place in Wales and North West England on Wednesday of this week. 

Scotland and the Midlands will strike on Thursday, and all other regions on Friday.


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