Industrial Action Press Release, 2nd May 2012
ISU Press Release 02/05/12
ISU UNION FOR BORDERS IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS STRIKE ACTION ON 10TH MAY
ISU members cannot work until their late sixties. Their jobs are too physically demanding. Arresting offenders and working a shift pattern impact on their health.
The Government won’t listen. We have called a day of strike action on May 10th specifically because the Cabinet Office will not listen to our member’s need to retire by 65.
If the Government can come back to the negotiating table and provide our members with the ability to retire at 65 then a strike can be averted.
No one wins in the current situation.
The ISU has only ever gone out on strike once in 30 years. We are a moderate, non-political union. We prefer dialogue to strike action, agreement to discord.
Our members protect the public and communities. For many it is a lifelong vocation. They want to end this dispute without the need to strike, but the Government must understand their needs in the process.
The ISU don’t believe a fixed retirement age of 65 would add significant additional costs to the public purse and that this idea is simply Government rhetoric.
The public in particular, will suffer because of the Government’s stubborn refusal to provide a retirement age of 65.
Andy Friend National Chairman stated: “How can staff be expected to pursue, arrest and detain a criminal at the border in their late sixties? I urge the Cabinet Office to come back to the negotiating table and reach agreement on a retirement age of 65 for our members.”
Andy Friend, National Chairman:
Lucy Moreton, Deputy General Secretary: