07/24/2012 01:51 EDT | Updated 09/23/2012 05:12 EDT

UK govt to seek injunction blocking border staff at airports from striking ahead of Olympics

LONDON - Britain's Home Office says it will seek an injunction to halt a strike on the eve of the Olympics by immigration staff at U.K. airports.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents staff at British airports, voted last week for a 24-hour walkout over pay and job losses. The strike is set for Thursday — the day before the start of London's Olympic Games.

The Home Office said Tuesday the government believes there was a procedural error in the strike ballot and it is seeking a High Court injunction to prevent the strike.

It urged the union to call off the strike and for its members not to walk out when "the eyes of the world" will be on the U.K.