Immigration officers take industrial action

Immigration
officers have become the latest group of civil servants to take industrial
action.

Around
3,500 members of the Immigration Service Union have taken action against plans
to remove their special status and grading within the civil service.

The
union has stopped short of calling an all-out strike, but has introduced a one-week
overtime ban which will affect officers carrying out asylum seeker escort
duties when private contractors are unavailable.

The
union claims that pay differentials will be eroded at a time when they have
found themselves in the front line of the fight against terrorism and bogus
asylum seekers.

By
Mike Berry

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