INTERNATIONAL passengers could face major delays when Australian Border Force staff stike for 24 hours nationwide next month.
On Monday November 9, frontline workers at eight Australian international airports, including Gold Coast Airport, will take the full-day action in their escalating stoush with the Federal Government over pay and conditions.
The strike could see passport and arrival card checks slowed at air and sea ports and delayed baggage and cargo.
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The move follows two-hour rolling strikes conducted one airport at a time last month.
It is expected Immigration Department managers may be deployed to plug staffing gaps in a bid to minimise the impact on the public.
The affected airports are Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Cairns and Gold Coast.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has accused unions of using travellers as “pawns” as they prepare for the 24-hour strike.
Ms Cash told ABC radio today it was unfair travellers were having their journeys disrupted by the Community and Public Sector Union.