CPSU has said rolling strikes will resume today with members working in Immigration and Border Force (DIBP) and Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) will take part in short rolling strikes at international airports and elsewhere, with strict national security exemptions to remain in place as they have throughout the union’s long campaign to protect rights, conditions and take-home pay.
Passengers may experience some delays when departing or arriving on international flights as a result of the rolling strikes by Border Force officers and over-screening work bans applied by DAWR staff.
Planned strike action over the Easter long weekend period, including a 24-hour strike planned by DIBP and DAWR officers on Easter Thursday, was postponed by the union last week at the request of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and in response to the heightened anxiety of travellers at such a busy period in the wake of the Brussels attacks.
CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said:“Our members in Immigration and Border Force and Agriculture and Water Resources will now resume their industrial action, knowing that their campaign never has and never will compromise Australia’s national security at airports or anywhere else. These workers remain angry and frustrated at the way they’ve been treated by this Government, with no-one listening to their concerns for their livelihoods and their families after two years of attacks on their rights and pay. They strongly believe that this is the only way of getting the fair deal they deserve.”