Australian Customs strike action

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    DAFF strike to disrupt inspections

    Updated August 11, 2011 08:53:14

    [​IMG] Photo: More than 75,000 public servants have rejected the Federal Government's latest pay offer. (File photo: ABC News)
    Map: Canberra 2600
    The Federal Government insists plans are in place to deal with delays at international airports, mail centres, sea ports and abattoirs today caused by industrial action.
    Union members in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) will stage two-hour strikes over stalled pay negotiations with the Federal Government.
    The stop-work is expected to affect inspections at abattoirs, mail centres, sea ports and international airports across Australia.
    But the Department says business continuity plans have been activated.
    In a statement, the Department acknowledges some clients or passengers may experience slight delays, but it expects operations will continue during the industrial action.
    It says the Government will be restarting negotiations with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and hopes to put forward a new agreement for discussion.
    DAFF staff are among 75,000 public servants from agencies including Defence, the Tax Office, Immigration, Customs, and the Bureau of Meteorology, who have now rejected the Federal Government's latest pay offer.
    They have voted overwhelmingly against the enterprise agreements saying the pay offers are too low and and include cuts to conditions.
    Civilian staff in the Department of Defence are also preparing to take protected industrial action.
    They plan to take action including stoppages, bans on overtime and bans on out-of-hours work if a meeting with Defence management next week fails to resolve the issue.
    It is the first time in 20 years civilian Defence staff have decided to take industrial action.
     

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