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31 Jul

Passport Office workers strike over backlog

Members of staff from the passport office went on a 24-hour strike earlier this week over staff shortages, news which could lead to even more severe delays for holidaymakers to deal with.

Members of staff from the HM Passport Office went on a 24-hour strike earlier this week over staff shortages

Members of staff from the HM Passport Office went on a 24-hour strike earlier this week over staff shortages

With the Passport Office having to contend with the highest demand ever for applications in the last 12 years, they have been forced to draft in extra staff to deal with the backlog. Paul Pugh, HM Passport Office Chief Executive, said that the 775,000 applications submitted in June was the highest ever recorded amount for a single month, and an amount that far exceeded previous estimations for the period, clearly displaying the huge task faced by the Passport Office.

The 24-hour strike took place in all eight Passport Offices across the UK, and the Public and Commercial Services union said that the strike was organised to draw attention to staff shortages and inequalities in pay.

As many travellers like to be organised and arrange their medical travel insurance cover and other essentials in good time before their holidays, the passport problems will cause unnecessary stress – particularly as many are being forced to sit and wait anxiously while their applications are processed.

Strike causing outrage

The fact that the Passport Office chose to go strike at such a busy period has been met with severe animosity from members of the public, with some understandably worried that their actions could potentially affect their holiday plans.

As millions of people look to head off on their holidays over the summer months, the problems with the passport applications could result in many missing out on their getaways because they are unable to travel out of the country.

Because delivery failure of a passport isn’t usually covered by even the most comprehensive of over 70s travel insurance packages, prospective holidaymakers are being urged to get their applications submitted in good time to avoid the potential holiday disappointment.

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