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Passport workers strike 'will jeopardise holidays', says PCS

28 July 2014 Last updated at 10:43 BST

Thousands of passport workers have gone on strike in a dispute over staff numbers and pay.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said the action was a "bid to end staffing shortages that have caused the ongoing backlog crisis".

Home Office figures suggest about 360,000 passport applications are currently being processed - but it is not clear how many are overdue

The Home Office warned the PCS action could jeopardise people's holidays.

PCS spokesman, Paul McGoay, told the BBC's Richard Lister: "We believe the blame lies squarely on the government."