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Travel Delays in Australia are Expected Due to Border Staff Daily Walk Off

Travelers Today       By    Miriam Tumpalan

Updated: Sep 27, 2016 10:32 AM EDT

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Immigration and Border Force staff in Australia are expected to carry out 30-minute strikes all day, every day as a sign of protest for not reaching an agreeable negotiation with the Federal Government.

For the next two weeks or so, Australia's international airports, cruise ship terminals and cargo facilities will experience interruptions as workers are anticipated to do scheduled walk-outs during business hours, as reported by Huffington Post.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) said the strikes were a result of the 1,000 days of talks between the staff and the government, "These workers are trying to get government to take this seriously and give us someone to sit down with and resolve this longstanding mess," the news site added.

According to the Huffington Post report, in March, 80 percent of Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) staff opposed to the contract which will eliminate certain rights and conditions in replacement of a one percent raise every year.

The Villages Suntimes reports, "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.

"The CPSU remains more interested in organizing and promoting industrial action that disrupts and inconveniences Australian travelers than ensuring their members receive a pay rise", CPSU national secretary, Nadine Flood said.

CPSU's demand of 12.5 percent increase for pay grade were deemed "unrealistic" and as a result, it would end-up letting go more than 10,000 public sector jobs, The Village Suntimes reports.

Travelers are urged to arrive earlier than usual to their ports of entry and exit to avoid inconvenience due to the occurring strikes done by Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

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