What is the change? Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) workers are planning a 24-hour stoppage on Friday 12 August at international airports, ports and other sites. Due to shift arrangements, this action may affect some late flights on the evening of 11 August and early flights on the morning of 13 August.

  • Implementation time frame: DIBP workers are expected to strike from 11-13 August and may plan strikes on later dates as well.
  • Who is affected: International travellers and others in need of DIBP services at affected airports.
  • Business impact: Businesses should be aware of the strikes and may need to adjust schedules accordingly.
  • Next steps: The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), which represents union-member DIBP workers, stated that this strike is part of the CPSU’s multi-pronged approach to resolve enterprise bargaining across the Commonwealth public sector. The DIBP expects to be in a position to re-commence Enterprise Agreement negotiations shortly.

BAL Analysis: Government officials said they are working to minimise the impact on the travelling public,  but that delays should be expected. Travellers at affected airports are advised to arrive early and proceed directly to immigration and customs after checking in.

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