CPSU marks three years of dispute with another airport strike

Government employees at international airports and other sites are striking today over pay disputes soon to enter their fourth year.

A 24-hour strike at airports, ports and other facilities by staff at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including Border Force, began at midnight. Community and Public Sector Union members in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, including quarantine and biosecurity officers at airports, are also staging a one-hour stop-work meeting.

After almost three years, new enterprise agreements are yet to be concluded for around 100,000 public sector workers.

The union has agreed to more than 50 exemptions during the strike action, covering areas such as counter-terrorism and intelligence, out of concerns regarding national security and safety. In March the union called off a planned strike following the Brussels airport terrorist attack.

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