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Australian International Airport Staff to Go on Strike

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 27: A very crowded and congested T2 terminal is seen due to a power outage at Sydney Domestic Airport on June 27, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Domestic passengers have been informed they will not be able to check in or board flights until power has been restored. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)

The CPSU has announced a two-week strike, affecting airports all over the country.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) in Australia has announced a two-week intermittent strike at international airports. The Guardian reports that the union gave two weeks’ notice of the strikes, and the intermittent nature of those breaks gives them an element of surprise, maximizing their impact and leading to warnings of delays.

The strikes will occur from this Monday to October 9, and will be triggered in 30-minute blocks all day, every day, across the country. However, unlike previous strikes, the CPSU are not giving notice of which airports are going to stop and when. This strategy makes it more difficult for the Australian Border Force to hire extra staff and bring in managers to handle the delays.

“These strikes are part of a campaign to force the government to renegotiate its bargaining policy, which limits pay rises and calls for condition cuts, or to force the dispute to arbitration in the Fair Work Commission,” The Guardian reported. Passengers are being alerted of possible delays at all international airports, with Brisbane particularly affected.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has warned that these strikes are “likely to create unreasonable levels of disruption and uncertainty.” On the other hand, CPSU national secretary, Nadine Flood, says that the strikes were necessary because the government has refused to sit down and find a fair and sensible solution.

“The government is using nasty ‘starve them out’ tactics refusing to talk and keeping these workers on a three-year pay freeze,” she said. “For almost three years all immigration and border force staff have seen is proposals to cut their existing rights and conditions and even cut some officers’ current take-home pay.”

The Department of Immigration and Border Force have said that they would put contingency plans in place to minimize disruptions, and the department said that it would “do everything in its lawful powers to ensure that Australia’s national security and community safety are not put at risk.”

[Photo: Don Arnold/Getty Images]

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Cymbo September 29, 2016

Australian airport personnel are the worst. Rude, lazy etc. Hope they don't succeed in blackmailing their employers.