July 19, 2012 in Nation/World

UK border guards to strike on eve of Olympics

Associated Press

LONDON — The union representing immigration staff at British airports says its members will walk off the job on July 26, the day before the start of the Olympic Games.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union have voted for the 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay and job losses.

The strike, announced today, is a headache for the British government, which is eager to avoid any disruption as visitors descend for the July 27-Aug. 12 games.

Heathrow Airport has been beset for months by long lines at passport control that the union blames on government spending cuts.

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