MORE than 1,000 workers at the UK Border Agency in Liverpool could go out on strike in support of a colleague they claim was sacked because of his activities as a union representative.
Kevin Smith, 26, from Wallasey, was dismissed last October from his job at the office in the Capitol Building in Old Hall Street, Liverpool.
His union, the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), said the Home Office – the department in control of the UKBA – had claimed he had made “vexatious complaints” about four of his senior managers.
But the union said his appeal to go through a form of mediation over his complaints about the other staff were rejected, leaving him with no choice but to instigate a formal grievance.
PCS north west regional secretary Peter Middleman claimed the complaints were then deemed to be vexatious by the Border Agency (UKBA).
The UKBA has as yet failed to confirm or deny the union’s claims.
Upwards of 1,200 staff who work for the UKBA in Liverpool were set to be balloted today on industrial action, which could happen in mid-February if some agreement is not reached between the union and the employer.
But the UKBA said it had procedures in place to deal with any industrial action, and urged the union to think again.