Airport Staff protest against “degrading” working conditions

Airport workers across the nation will hold protests today in an attempt to stop an introduction of industry-wide split shifts.

The Transport Workers Union says employees are taking a stand against unfair working hours and conditions.

Protests will be held in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Airports, however, the industrial action isn’t expected to cause delays.


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TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon said employees are being forced to work in “third world conditions”. 

“They’re being forced to stay at work for up to 17 hours a day while being paid for just six hours,” he said.

“They will not be degraded to the point of having to sleep rough on filthy makeshift bedding or in their cars just so they can get a few extra hours work.”

On Monday, the Fair Work Commission rejected Aerocare’s appeal against scrapping a new enterprise agreement, which included split-shifts and lower pay rates.