Hunt urges PCS rethink
Jeremy Hunt has urged "hard-working" PCS staff to ignore this week's planned strike and turn up to work for the "most important day in their professional careers".
Speaking to the World at One, the Culture Secretary accused "militants" of "holding a gun to the country's head" over the strike, but insisted the Government had no plans to sack striking immigration staff.
“I just don’t believe that ordinary hard-working immigration officers want to see their professional reputation besmirched by hard-line activity by a few militants, which is simply not representative of what they want to do," he said.
"For Mark Serwotka to say that this is nothing to do with the Olympics beggars belief. This is the day before the Olympics start, is this a time to be putting a gun to the country’s head? Or is this a time to be pulling together?"
However the Conservative said sacking strikers was "not part of our contingency plans at the moment".