Long weekend strikes long delays

first_imgPassengers flying in and out of Sydney International airport today and over the long weekend may experience delays as customs and quarantine officers as well as Qantas workers walk off the job.Upcoming airport workforce strikes follow a two hour walk-out held on Tuesday this week, and will see staff stop work today and Saturday 1 October between 6.00am to 7.00am, 8.00am to 9.00am as well as 7.00pm to 8.00pm.Coordinating the industrial action, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) national president Michael Tull explained stoppages were designed to prompt employers to offer “decent and affordable pay rises”.“We regret any inconvenience our action may cause for travellers and we are encouraging people to factor possible delays into their plans around these times,” Mr Tull said.“Our members only take industrial action as a last resort, but unless we see a pay deal that matches the rising cost of living, the level of industrial action could increase in coming weeks.”Mr Tull added that it was time for management to “get serious” about pay negotiations as agreements for Quarantine and Customs past their expiry date by up to three months.  News of further strikes over the long weekend come as a double whammy to travellers, as up to 3,800 Qantas staff prepare to walk-off the job for one hour on Friday 30 September, disrupting travel plans for up to 8,500 Qantas domestic and international passengers.Qantas advised that as a result of the one hour strike starting a 8.00am according to each airport’s local time around Australia, it has been forced to cancel two flights on the eve of the AFL and NRL Grand Finals as well as delay 39 other services.“We’re sorry that the TWU is taking their grievances out on our passengers over a pay dispute,” Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth said. “We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruptions.“This really couldn’t have come at a worse time with passengers trying to get to the AFL and NRL Grand Finals and many families heading away for the school holidays.”The Flying Kangaroo said it is currently contacting affected customers. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more