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British Officers Shed Ties in Protest

Associated Press

Hundreds of immigration officers at British air and sea ports dressed casually in track suits or T-shirts and jeans Friday to protest the government’s refusal to pay allowances for coats and ties.

The Immigration Service Union argues that if the Home Office, which is responsible for immigration affairs, “requires us to dress in a formal style, they should pay for it.”

Its 1,200 members across the country voted to show up for work in casual dress after the Treasury refused a $425 annual allowance for uniforms, said spokesman Mike Smith.

The Home Office expects officers to wear a coat and tie, Smith said.

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