Hunt slams border strike
Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have hit out at border staff planning to strike during the Olympics, with the London mayor calling it "frustrating".
Culture Secretary Mr Hunt said: "Surely this is a time not for promoting an industrial grievance but just putting the country first. I’m sure it’s only a minority who really want to do this and I would just ask them to think again."
Boris Johnson also moved to dampen fears about disruption. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the London mayor downplayed the impact on a potential strike, saying it is "a very badly-supported strike."
"I don't think people will want to let down the Olympics, and I think the overwhelming majority of peiple working on the Borders Agency will want to get behind the Games and come to work.”
The general secretary of the PCS, Mark Serwotka, told Sky News he still hopes the border strike can be avoided.
"We still have a few days to avoid the dispute, I’ve written to Theresa May, we’ve written to the management of the Home Office. We still hope and believe the dispute can be avoided," he said.
Mr Serwotka claimed the action was a "last resort", and were not about personal gain but "defending important services and the security of this country
"8,500 jobs are being cut, 22% of staff at the border are to lose their jobs even though we continually have queues, and passenger anger is rising all the time. We’ve had compulsory redundancy notices being issues to people in passport offices when you cannot get a passport at the moment because the service cannot cope."