Community and Public Sector Union considering rolling airport strikes
Families face being delayed on their Easter holidays with airport strikes planned over the school holidays as part of a two-year pay dispute between the Government and unions.
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) say they’re considering three weeks of rolling airport strikes by Border Security and the Immigration Department, starting with a day-long strike locked in for Easter Thursday.
It will follow a 24-hour strike on March 21 disrupting Medicare, Centrelink, Child Support, the Australian Taxation Office, Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Bureau of Statistics.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said it was unfortunate the CPSU was resorting to strike action rather than negotiating in good faith.
“This can cause harm to the public and involves a loss of pay for employees,” she said.
“If the CPSU’s plan is to further inconvenience and disrupt the Australian public over Easter, I believe their strategy is ill-conceived and counter-productive.”
But CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said public servants faced having their rights and conditions cut and most had not had a pay rise since 2013.