In the midst of the busy school holiday travel period, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) has announced that it will be staging protests across Australia’s five biggest airports on Tuesday, 2 October.
With a new TWU report to the Productivity Commission showing that low standards were impacting aviation safety and security, workers will rally against poor pay and conditions.
Part of a global day of action by airport workers, the protests will take place at the following times and venues:
Sydney: 9:30am, international terminal arrivals
Melbourne: 11am, Virgin domestic arrivals
Brisbane: 11am, domestic terminal between Qantas & Virgin
Adelaide: 10.30am, airport main entrance
Perth: 10am, domestic terminal
“Airport workers have seen their jobs downgraded in recent years with a majority on forced-part-time hours,” TWU said in a statement.
“The low rates, split shifts and poor conditions have led to workers forced to sleep at airports.
“The TWU will also launch its submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into economic regulation of airports.
“The union’s report warns that safety and security are at risk because of poor labour standards.”
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said airport workers were the “real losers” in the war of words between airlines and airports over who’s gouging who.
“Beyond the shiny facades of our airports and outside the slick airline lounges, workers are struggling to pay bills and are even forced to sleep at work,” he said.
“High staff turnover rates and poor conditions are impacting on safety, security and services.
“Airports and airlines at the top of the supply chain are highly profitable and they must be held to account for this.”
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