Australia: Major strike action at airports, Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

Australia’s Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) announced Wednesday a week of industrial action at airports, starting from September 26, in a bid to force a swift end to its dispute with the government.

After almost three years of bargaining, the trade union has been unable to clinch a deal with the government and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on a pay raise for the Department’s staff.

“This will be strike action on a major scale, an unprecedented escalation to make Government finally do something to end this 1000-day dispute,” CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said.

“Based on previous experience this strike action has the potential to cause more significant disruption and delays for international air passengers and others,” Flood added.

The strike action will begin on Monday, September 26, and continue until Sunday, October 2. Rolling half-hour stoppages will be held at international airports, cruise ship terminals, cargo facilities and elsewhere across the country.

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