November 30, 2011
A strike by up to two million public sector workers was hailed as “historic” today – closing schools, courts, museums and jobcentres, and disrupting transport, hospitals and Government departments.
Unions reported huge support for the 24-hour walkout in the bitter row over pensions, but warnings of massive delays at Heathrow airport failed to materialise, with passengers saying border controls were “better than usual”.
Union officials accused the Government of “ramping up” possible airport disruption and claimed that “under-trained” staff had been drafted in to cover striking immigration and passport workers.
“Some of those on duty today don’t have proper security clearance. They are not qualified to do the job properly, which is a concern. We will take this up after the strike ends,” said an official from the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.