Public sector strike - updates from London City Airport and Tower Hamlets Council

Arrivals at London City Airport (LCA) appeared to be unaffected by the public sector strike this morning, with passengers reporting extra staff being in place.

UK Border Agency staff are amongst those taking part in a day of action across the UK today over their pensions.

But arrivals were moving smoothly through London City Airport this morning.

One passenger, Manny Netzer, who had arrived from Milan, said his immigration checks had been quicker than usual.

He said: “There were more people [staff] than usual.

“There were six guys there instead of two.” A representative for the Public and Commercial Services Union, which includes Border Agency staff in its membership, said members are unable to have a picket line at City airport because of legal restrictions.

A London City Airport spokesman said: “Due to the planned strike action of UK Border Agency employees, London City Airport believes there may be some minor delays caused to inbound passengers, particularly at border control.

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“Immigration desks will be manned and are expected to operate as normal however, in order to assist a smooth transit, we would request passengers to have their documents ready before arriving at the desks.

“We will do everything we can to minimise disruption and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Tower Hamlets council is advising people in the borough to check in advance before attending appointments or using council services today.

A spokesman said the council is working to minimise the impact the strike action will have on residents and said “many council services”, including refuse and recycling collections, leisure centres and all four Idea Stores would be running as usual.

The spokesman said: “In addition the council has worked with the unions to ensure that services for vulnerable residents, such as meals on wheels and home care, are delivered.”

Albert Jacobs House in Roman Road and Bethnal Green Library and Cubitt Town Library are closed as a result of the strike.