Australian Quarantine & Bio-Security Strike Confirmed For Monday

15 April 2016
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Quarantine and bio-security workers at Australian airports, sea ports and mail centres have confirmed the proposed 24-hour strike will go ahead starting Monday 18 April.

The bio-security staff are responsible for protecting Australia from pests and diseases. Workers will strike from 12am on Monday 18 April until 12am Tuesday 19 April, in response to continuing pay disputes.

"This latest strike action shows workers in the Department of Agriculture won't be intimidated, either by the harsh stand-down tactics employed by their bosses or the Department of Immigration's ongoing attempts to stop industrial action using the Fair Work Commission," the union official representing Australian quarantine and bio-security staff said.

Although this strike does not involve immigration and border protection staff, travellers should still expect delays on Monday, particularly international passengers arriving into the country who need to clear quarantine.

"We're advising passengers arriving on international flights and people interacting with Agriculture in other areas such as freight to be prepared for some disruption," the union official said.

Flight Centre will have more information on the strike and any additional disruptions when it becomes available.

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Ben Stower

I love the kind of travelling that is one part strategic planning and two parts spontaneous adventure. Whether I'm exploring my local city or a small town in the middle of nowhere, I'm always hoping to find something no one else has discovered.