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Airport Immigration Staff Vote To Strike
Home Office staff - including UK Border Agency workers - have voted in favour of industrial action.
PCS trade union members voted in favour of either strike action or some other form of industrial action in a ballot, the union said.
Members are angry about jobs cuts across the civil service, particularly at the UK Border Agency (UKBA), which the PCS says have resulted in "chaos at the borders and queues at airports".
The union also says it is disputing the Government's plans to cap pay rises at 1% and privatise work currently done by civil servants.
Only 20% of the union's members voted. Of those, 57.2% supported a strike, and 75.8% voted for different industrial action.
Possible dates of the industrial action - and forms it could take - will be announced on Thursday, but it is possible that a strike could coincide with the Olympics.
Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig said: "This is serious.
"We're not talking Whitehall pen pushers here - we're talking about Border Agency staff, when there are already those massive queues at Heathrow Airport."
He said the news would come as yet another blow to the Home Secretary.
"As if things weren't bad enough for Theresa May with the G4S crisis, she faces the possibility of a strike by Border Agency staff - and passport office staff and criminal records staff as well," he said.
PCS' general secretary, Mark Serwotka, said: "Ministers have known about these issues for a very long time but have chosen not to act.
"We believe they have acted recklessly and irresponsibly in cutting so many jobs and, in the case of UKBA, they have simply tried to paper over the cracks by deploying severely undertrained staff at our borders.
"If these issues are not resolved, they threaten to seriously undermine the Home Office's ability to provide vital public services, and we cannot sit back and allow that to happen."
According to the union, the Home Office has announced plans to cut 8,500 jobs by 2015, and the UKBA will cut 22% of its staff during this period.
"This is completely unsustainable and has had a major effect on UKBA's ability to function," the union said.