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SBD Global/July 20, 2012/Olympics
Borders Staff Planning Strike Day Before Olympics Begin
Published July 20, 2012
AND THE TRAINS: Also in London, David Millward reported that Border Force staff who are members of the rival Immigration Service Union "will work normally." However, England is also facing a stoppage by train drivers working for East Midlands Trains. Union General Secretary Mark Serwotka "defended the stoppage," which will also include workers at the Identity and Passport Service and Criminal Records Bureau. Serwotka said, "The lives of staff have been made intolerable by these cuts and they're at breaking point." Meanwhile, train drivers will take industrial action on Aug. 6-8, coinciding with the finals of a number of athletics events. The 400 drivers, who are staging a walkout in a dispute over pensions, "were condemned" by Transport Secretary Justine Greening (TELEGRAPH, 7/19). In London, Topham & Watt reported that U.K. PM David Cameron "condemned" the planned strike. The PM said that he hoped the strike "would not go ahead" but insisted the Olympics "would be safe and secure regardless." Speaking at a press conference in Afghanistan on Thursday, Cameron said, "I do not believe it will be right. I do not believe it will be justified" (GUARDIAN, 7/19).