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Travelling to the UK within the next 24hrs ?

Be prepared for delays owing to a pensions strike.

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Travellers arriving at British airports today will face delays due to a walkout by border officials as part of a nationwide strike of civil servants and teachers, airport chiefs warned.

BAA, which runs London's Heathrow and Stansted airports, as well as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton, said on Wednesday the walkout in a row over pensions was likely to trigger delays.

"We have been informed by UK Border Agency that arriving passengers should expect delays at the UK border on Thursday as a result of industrial action by immigration officers," said a BAA spokeswoman.
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Old 30.06.2011, 11:37
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Re: Travelling to the UK within the next 24hrs ?

Thanks. Wish me luck - I'm visiting 2 of those airports today, starting with T5. Yay!
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Old 30.06.2011, 11:43
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Re: Travelling to the UK within the next 24hrs ?

Just read in the telegraph (Ok, Ok, right wing Tory rag etc etc) that the average pension scheme for a teacher is worth somewhere in the region of 500k, which is several-fold higher than the equivalent of a private sector worker.
And they're striking to complain about it.
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Thanks. Wish me luck - I'm visiting 2 of those airports today, starting with T5. Yay!
Good luck!
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Re: Travelling to the UK within the next 24hrs ?

Got back last night. The luck worked on strike day - thanks! Zero delay, 2 people ahead of me in each queue at T5, all else as normal.

Spreading some luck around if anybody wants some.
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Old 25.11.2011, 13:38
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Re: Travelling to the UK within the next 24hrs ?

Another impending strike for next week.


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Heathrow airport has warned airlines that passengers could face 12-hour delays next week when immigration officers go on strike over pensions.

Chief operating officer Norman Boivin said there was a danger of "gridlock".

Airlines have a duty to get passengers from A to B, so they must offer alternatives at no extra cost, or a refund, if a flight is seriously delayed or cancelled.

But there will be no extra compensation because a strike is beyond airlines' reasonable control.

Anyone with a package holiday will have all elements of their break covered, such as hotels and cars.

Independent travellers must claim for any such lost "extra" bookings on their travel insurance - but this cover would only be valid if the insurance was bought before the strike date was announced.

A claim could also be made for bookings costing over £100, if they were paid for on a credit card.

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Re: Travelling to the UK within the next 24hrs ?

Allways something happenng when it becomes holidays. Though can,t blame them fighting for their pensions. Though they should,t have to fight for it , it should be given them and everybody in England to many cut backs
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Old 29.11.2011, 11:33
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UK strikes, border crossing controls remain

UK border and passport controls will not be affected by the upcoming strikes, starting tomorrow 30.11.2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15921183

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15884527

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13932304
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UK border and passport controls will not be affected by the upcoming strikes, starting tomorrow 30.11.2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15921183

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15884527

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13932304

Ironic in the wake of the scandal that immigration was full of holes for the last 10 years.
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Old 30.11.2011, 12:54
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Re: Travelling to the UK within the next 24hrs ?

Public sector strike to be 'largest for a generation'

Public sector workers are staging a strike over pensions in what unions say is set to be the biggest walkout for a generation.


Schools, hospitals, courts and government offices around the UK are among services being disrupted, as more than 1,000 demonstrations take place.


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Old 30.11.2011, 13:07
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Just read in the telegraph (Ok, Ok, right wing Tory rag etc etc) that the average pension scheme for a teacher is worth somewhere in the region of 500k, which is several-fold higher than the equivalent of a private sector worker.
And they're striking to complain about it.
Yes, but their salaries are also a lot lower than the average private sector worker e.g. top whack for a senior classroom teacher is capped at £34,000, so there has to be some benefit to being a public sector employee e.g. less stress, more job security and a decent pension.
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Yes, but their salaries are also a lot lower than the average private sector worker e.g. top whack for a senior classroom teacher is capped at £34,000, so there has to be some benefit to being a public sector employee e.g. less stress, more job security and a decent pension.
I read some stats the other day (can't remember where) that public and private sector salaries are approaching parity in some sectors.
I still think the system is highly favourable towards the public sector workers, especially considering that everyone's taxes ultimately pay for their pensions.
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Old 30.11.2011, 13:24
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I read some stats the other day (can't remember where) that public and private sector salaries are approaching parity in some sectors
That tells me that year on year, we're being increasingly screwed. Worsening pensions, yearly pay freezes in the face of 5% inflation, longer hours, no job security etc.. We've sold ourselves down the river by abandoning Union membership, believing that they are anti-competitive, wasteful and detrimental to a free market economy.
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Old 30.11.2011, 13:26
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That tells me that year on year, we're being increasingly screwed. Worsening pensions, yearly pay freezes in the face of 5% inflation, longer hours, no job security etc.. We've sold ourselves down the river by abandoning Union membership.
Who's "we"?
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Who's "we"?
Thatcher didn't elect herself
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Thatcher didn't elect herself
Whilst I detest Thatcher for so many things, her reforms on Unions isn't one of them. The practices in Britain pre Thatcher were shocking - anyone remember Red Robbo and British Leyland. As a result British industry had shit quality and was no longer competitive - which is why maggie put all her faith in the Financial sector

So, by association, it is the Unions fault were in the mess we are today

Sorry but the British Public sector need to wake up and smell the coffee. the teachers I know earn more that 35 K ( UK average 22k) - pensions , holidays etc are great ... and the culture of whining impressive. Salaries in the NHS are out of control - way above Private sector norms, as are the conditions ...

Recession in the Private sector means you lose your job, not just have to contribute fairly to your pension
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Re: Travelling to the UK within the next 24hrs ?

On a breakfast TV programme they reported that the average public workers' salary is now just a few hundred pounds per year more than the private workers' salary.

But a major point for me is that the government claims they were very close to agreeing a new pension scheme, when the union lost it's nerve and called a strike. The unions do realise there is no more money, it is a question of rearranging what is left, and planning the future, and also trying to keep everyone happy. Which is probably impossible, and probably why there is a strike.
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Sorry but the British Public sector need to wake up and smell the coffee. the teachers I know earn more that 35 K ( UK average 22k) - pensions , holidays etc are great ... and the culture of whining impressive. Salaries in the NHS are out of control - way above Private sector norms, as are the conditions ...

Recession in the Private sector means you lose your job, not just have to contribute fairly to your pension
this kind of whining makes me support the full privatisation of as many areas as possible. it is clear that the government is unable to contain costs. it was scandalous when brown just threw cash at the NHS with no apparent goals in mind, the subsequent waste and inefficiency is hardly surprising.
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Yes, but their salaries are also a lot lower than the average private sector worker e.g. top whack for a senior classroom teacher is capped at £34,000, so there has to be some benefit to being a public sector employee e.g. less stress, more job security and a decent pension.
Public sector workers earn on average 7.5% more than private sector. I can dig out the link if you want. They also take more time off sick each year. And they have better Pensions. They are like spoilt kids complaining because daddy has not bought a new Porsche only an Audi.
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