British customs officers announced four days of strike in February: ‘Disruption for travelers possible’

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British customs officers in the UK and France began a four-day strike during the school holidays in February. The federation announced this on Tuesday. Travelers wishing to cross the canal may encounter some disruptions.

source: BELGA

The PCS union said in a statement that around 1,000 customs officers in Dover, Calais, Coquelles and Dunkirk will strike from February 17-20.

General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Mark Sirotka warns that declared strikes at customs may affect people returning from holiday.

Half a million bats

The announcement comes as the UK prepares for its biggest day of strikes in a decade, set to happen on Wednesday. Up to half a million people are expected to go on strike to demand higher salaries, from teachers to railway workers to civil servants.

In December there were already strikes by customs drivers and ambulance drivers, among others. Then the government deployed 1,200 soldiers to take over the action. “If the government uses untrained military personnel to replace our highly skilled airport staff at Christmas, it will not be able to do it in France,” Sirotka said. “The responsibility for these strikes rests with the ministers, who refuse to put more money on the table,” he said.

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