Planned strikes could cause delays for international travellers

Peter Terlato 8 September 2016

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Morning stoppages planned this week.

Industrial action by Australian Border Force (ABF) officials at Australia's international airports tomorrow may lead to delays and cancellations for departing and arriving overseas travellers.

The strikes will take place on Friday 9 September at Australia's international airports, seaports, client services centres, visa processing sections, container examination facilities and international mail facilities.

Employees from the ABF who are members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) will take part in the planned stoppage.

The strikes will commence at 8:30am and wind up at 11:30am local time in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

A stoppage in the ACT will also occur from 11:30am until 2:30pm local time.

SmartGate systems will continue to operate at all major airports and trained staff will assist with processing.

However, travellers are advised to arrive early to airports to avoid potential delays.

"We are working to minimise impact on business, the travelling public and on cargo and mail operations as much as possible," ABF assistant commissioner Clive Murray said.

"The Department has appropriate contingencies in place for immigration and customs processes, however, if you are going overseas on the day we advise you to arrive at the airport early."

Similar action took place this time last month and on 30 August negotiations for a new enterprise agreement recommenced, with a revised pay offer presented to staff and bargaining reps for consideration.

If you're concerned about potential flight delays or are wondering how these strikes may affect your travel plans, you can visit the Department's website, as well as its Facebook and Twitter feeds for regular updates.

Want travel insurance that covers strikes? Find out when and which Australian insurers will and won't pay claims for flight delays due to strike action.

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