Airport workers to protest around Australia today

Anyone catching a plane to or from five of Australia’s major airports today are being warned they may experience some disruptions, with hundreds of airport workers set to protest over poor pay and conditions.

Tuesday’s planned protests are part of a global day of action by airport workers across the world.

It comes following the release of The Transport Workers’ Union report to the Productivity Commission, which shows low standards are impacting on aviation safety and security.


According to the union, protesters will demand an end to “forced part-time hours that see workers rostered to work as few as three hours a day and just 60 hours a month.”

“Coupled with this, low pay and split shifts are forcing some workers to sleep at airports,” The TWU says.

The report calls on the Federal Government to mandate that airports and airlines take responsibility for labour standards in their supply chains.

To plan ahead, here are the times and locations of the protests taking place at Australian airports today:

Sydney                     9:30am, international terminal arrivals

Melbourne               11:00am, Virgin domestic arrivals

Brisbane                  11:00am, domestic terminal between Qantas & Virgin

Adelaide                  10.30am, airport main entrance

Perth                        10:00am, domestic terminal