Border Force strike action to cause travel delays and interruptions
Previously announced rolling stoppages aimed at disrupting operations.
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Last week the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), including members of the Australian Border Force (ABF), revealed industrial action would be intensified over the coming weeks, as part of a three-year long pay dispute between the union and the government.
CPSU members will carry out random, 30-minute strikes all day, every day over the next fortnight.
Initially, the strikes were to occur this week only, however, the action has been extended another week.
The strikes will now take place between Monday 26 September and Sunday 9 October 2016.
The stoppages will occur at international airports, cruise ship terminals, cargo facilities and in other areas of immigration and border protection.
"The design of this action is such that it is likely to create unreasonable levels of disruption and uncertainty across critical functions... and will likely limit the Australian Border Force's ability to mitigate threats and risks at the border," according to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Contingency arrangements and additional staff will be put in place during the strikes.
Further strikes are possible if a resolution is not reached.
Travelling internationally by air or sea? Plan to arrive at the airport or port of embarkation early.
If you're concerned about potential delays or how these strikes may affect your travels, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website, Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.
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