Long airport queues for international travellers

Passengers are being urged to get the airport early today if they’re heading overseas.

Border Force officers around the country are striking over an ongoing pay dispute.

Thousands of staff at Medicare, Centrelink and the Tax Office started industrial action at midnight.


Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the government has offered a deal, but it hasn’t been accepted.

“The union has taken a decision that they want to strike, because they believe that if they cause disruption at the airports and they make people wait in queues for a longer period of time that will twist the arm of the government.

“I’m sorry people are being inconvenienced, but there is a very reasonable offer on the table.”

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood said the pay dispute has dragged on for three years which is far too long.

“This strike may cause temporary disruption in certain areas such as Centrelink and Medicare but that’s nothing compared to the damage inflicted on public services by the Turnbull government by slashing jobs and budgets.”

Ms Flood said workers are prepared to compromise but are absolutely determined to get a decent outcome.