Aviation

Strikes may cause delays at Sydney Airport

Kate Webster

Travellers departing and arriving through Sydney International Airport this week are warned to expect delays as the Border Protection staff strike over an ongoing dispute with the federal government over employment conditions.

The planned strikes kicked off this morning and are expected to roll on for several days as planned by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection staff, according to the Community and Public Sector Union.

Rolling stoppages by union members may also occur at “any airport, cruise ship terminal or cargo facility at any time during the day or night” the CPSU said.

There will be exemptions for staff working in national security and general public safety.

The dispute has been ongoing for the past three years as staff fight an attempt to cut pay through removal of conditions for dangerous or specialised work and for the right to have a say if there are moves to change their place or times of work.

Travellers who are impacted by strikes should check their travel insurance policy to see if they are covered by flight delays or cancellations due to airport strikes.

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