400 Liverpool passport workers to walk out on strike Day of action by hunter and jimmy choo union against ongoing backlog crisis begins09:00, 28 JUL 2014Updated10:05, 28 JUL 2014Staff take strike action at Liverpool's Passport Office on Old Hall Street And an estimated 400 people will be among thousands of disgruntled workers nationwide who will take a day of action against the ongoing backlog crisis.
The Passport Office has cut hundreds of staff since 2010 across the country. And despite new recruitment efforts, black jimmy choo trainers union members remain unhappy with the number of permanent positions available, accusing the department of 'sticking plasters' over the problem. Video: why staff are on strike Passport Office Chief Executive grilled on backlogged applications Passport Office boss apologises for backlog and says he will not take bonus on top of his salary Strike threat at Liverpool's passport office as union rows with government PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The staffing crisis in the Passport Office has been obvious for everyone to see and it shouldn't have taken a committee of MPs to force the chief executive to meet us to discuss it. "We are still black glitter jimmy choo trainers a long way off getting a commitment from the agency that jimmy choo gold shoes it will work with us to put the proper resources in place to ensure these backlogs do not reoccur year after year." A union spokesperson told the ECHO that they are expecting a good turnout in Liverpool as the branch is always among the most vocal. He added: "The agency only agreed to meet the union to seriously discuss jobs after recent media and political scrutiny, and under pressure from the House of Commons home affairs select committee." The Passport Office has so far not released figures for anticipated staffing levels for January to March 2015.
However, immigration minister James Brokenshire did reveal that levels had dropped from 3,700 in 2010 to 3,333 last year. The Office did increase staffing in 2012 after a dispute over jobs across the Home Office. The shortages were most obvious at the borders, with queues building up at airports and staff drafted in from across other government departments.