Border Force refuses to implement migrant crossing plan, threatening Priti Patel with a strike.
Border Force officers are threatening to strike over PRITI PATEL’s plans to stop migrant crossings.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents border and immigration officials, said its members were prepared to take action in response to the Home Secretary’s divisive “push back” proposals.
Officials would look to redirect migrant boats in the English Channel back into French waters under the policy.
Last year, Ms Patel unveiled the plans in an effort to combat the record number of people attempting to enter Britain in small boats via the Dover Strait.
In 2021, 28,381 migrants attempted the perilous journey, more than three times the number who attempted it the previous year.
The PCS and the refugee charity Care4Calais are suing the Home Office over its policy to prevent more people from taking the perilous route to the United Kingdom.
Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary, warned yesterday that if the court did not rule in their favor, strike action would be taken.
“The legality of the pushbacks policy is seriously questioned, and it is proper for the court to decide whether it is illegal to turn back Channel boats,” he said.
“We can’t have a situation where our members could face civil and criminal penalties for enacting a policy they don’t agree with and know isn’t safe.”
“While we hope for a favorable outcome in the legal proceedings, the PCS strongly opposes this policy on moral and humanitarian grounds, and we will not rule out taking industrial action to prevent it from being implemented.”
In September, Ms. Patel approved the strategy, but it has yet to be implemented.
According to the union, its members are “deeply concerned” that the policy will not be implemented safely.
It also stated that if the policy is found to be illegal, officials may face civil or criminal charges.
The PCS is concerned that the policy will repeat the tragedy of November 24, 2021, when a boatload of migrants drowned while attempting to enter the UK.
Officials from both France and the United Kingdom advised the helpless migrants to seek assistance from the other country.
With 27 people dying at sea, neither came to their aid.
The “push back,” according to Clare Moseley, CEO of the Care4Calais charity.
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