Passport workers walk out on strike

    A British Passport

    UK Passport workers have gone on strike today over staff shortages and pay.

    Seven out of 10 Office staff walked out, causing further disruption to the passport application process which already has a huge backlog.

    The Passport Office received nearly 800,000 applications in June alone and extra staff have had been drafted in to help shift the 30,000 passports still waiting to be processed.

    The Home Office has criticised members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union for the walk-out.

    A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “Holding a strike at this stage is irresponsible and will only inconvenience our customers and jeopardise their holidays.”