Travellers at Australia's international airports this coming Monday November 9 should arrive early and be prepared for extensive delays as Border Force, Immigration and Agriculture staff walk off the job for a full 24 hours.
The industrial action will include Border Force officers who usually check passports and arrival cards, and other employees carrying out passenger screening and customs inspections.
The day-long stoppage follows a series of rolling two-hour strikes throughout September at airports around Australia as part of an ongoing dispute over pay and working conditions.
Departmental managers will stand in for the striking workers but with November 9 seeing a nationwide 24 hour strike rather than the previous short and highly localised stop-work actions, the result is certain to mean long queues and chaos at international airports.
"The department is making arrangements to minimise the impact on travellers at our international airports as much as possible" said ABF Strategic Border Command officer Clive Murray.
"Some delays are still expected and those planning on travelling overseas on Monday are encouraged to arrive early at the airport, and then to proceed directly to border clearance."
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