Ahead of a holiday weekend, air travellers across Australia are facing delays at the domestic and international airports. Custom officials and staff of airports go on a strike joined by Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
As the nation heads into a four-day weekend for the Easter holidays, it would be very inconvenient for both the domestic and the international travellers.
The first target will be the regional airports where the workers will strike for several hours followed by major cities in Australia like Sydney and Melbourne.
The Community and Public Sector Union said that the campaign is a measure towards resolving a two-year industrial dispute with the federal government over work conditions, Brisbane Times reports.
“Our goal is to put pressure on the agency and on the government to actually talk with us. That’s entirely the reason why this is being held, and the timing is because that’s the timing that will apply the most pressure,” a CPSU spokesperson told Reuters.
“There are rolling strikes planned from Tuesday next week for several weeks so it’s not just about a one-week thing in the lead-up to the long weekend, it’s actually a longer term strategy,” the spokesman added.
The strike is planned to go beyond weekend.
Here is the schedule of the strike as per the report by Brisbane Times:
TUESDAY MARCH 22
Cairns International Airport: 4 a.m. to 12 noon and 5 p.m. to 12 midnight
Townsville Airport: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Perth Airport (International terminal) – 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 12 midnight
Darwin Airport – 2 a.m to 10 a.m., 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 12 midnight
Adelaide Airport – 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 12 midnight
WEDNESDAY MARCH 23
Melbourne International Airport – 9 p.m. to 12 midnight
Brisbane International Airport – 3.30 p.m. to 12 midnight
Cairns International Airport – 4 a.m. to 12 noon and 5 p.m. to 12 midnight