Travellers to and from Australia facing delays due to strike action over Easter

by Ray Clancy on March 9, 2016

in Australia Travel

Immigration and Border Protection staff in Australia have voted for another round of strike action at airports which will affect people arriving and leaving the country during the busy Easter period.

Immigration services could also be disrupted at airports after member of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) voted to take action over and ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

The strike will affect airports but also ports as members of the union continue to reject a pay offer of 3.4% over three years. They are also protesting against the fact that customs officers who moved over to Border Force under the merger of Customs and Immigration would suffer most because they would lose allowances and entitlements.

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The 24 hour strike is due to take place on Easter Thursday and there is also the possibility of a three week campaign of rolling stoppages starting on Tuesday 27 March.

“These workers are ordinary mums and dads, yet they still face losing rights and conditions that allow them to balance long and irregular hours with their family commitments, and some still face having their take home pay cut,” said CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood.

She said that the emphatic 81% “no” recorded on the strike ballot for action shows that workers are deeply dissatisfied and she called on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to sit down and talk. She explained that an offer of a fair and reasonable agreement that safeguard rights and conditions while offering a reasonable pay offer of around 2.5% to 3% is being sought.

It means that Australian Border Force officers and other staff in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will walk off the job at international airports, freight terminals and other sites on 24 March.

Flood added that 130,000 people who work in the public sector still don’t have a new enterprise agreement, almost 85% of the total workforce.

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