UK border guards vote to strike, no date set yet

The union representing immigration staff at British airports

says its members have voted to go on strike in a dispute over pay

and job losses.

The vote by the Public and Commercial Services Union raises the

prospect of a possible walkout during the Olympics, although no

strike date has been set.

Union leaders meet Thursday to decide their next move, which

could include a walkout at border control posts at ports and

airports, or a ban on overtime. The union is fighting government

plans for budget cuts and pay freezes.

The British government is keen to avoid any disruption as

visitors descend for the July 27-Aug. 12 games.

Heathrow Airport has been beset for months by long lines at

passport control that the union blames on government spending

cuts.