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Why Britain might not be so great this Christmas

Widespread strikes threaten travel chaos for international visitors.

Aussies planning to visit loved ones in the UK this Christmas have been warned to expect massive travel disruptions.


Reports from Britain say the army may be called in to help with thousands of passport workers and rail staff set to begin a series of strikes next week.


According to CNBC, airport staff working for the U.K. Border Force will walk off the job from December 23 to 26 in a dispute over pay, working conditions and job security. They’ll take similar action from December 28 to New Year’s Eve.


Airports affected include Heathrow, the U.K’s busiest, along with London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow.


The CNBC report revealed that the affected airports were expecting more than 10,000 flight arrivals between December 23 and 31, equating to some two million seats.


Rail travel will also be impacted over the festive season with strikes timed for December 13 and 14, December 16 and 17, Christmas Eve until December 27 and some days in January. Officials are already warning Brits to only travel if necessary.


The chaos at airports and on the railways comes as postal staff, ambulance workers and even coffin makers also plan industrial action throughout December.



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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 11 December 2022

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