Travellers were being warned of delays ahead of the Customs and Immigration Staff strike earlier this week, which was reported to occur during the Easter holidays. However, the industrial action has been postponed, according to a statement updated by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on their website.
“While the likely level of participation is unknown, we strongly encourage airline and cruise ship passengers to plan for potential delays by arriving at international airports and cruise ship terminals even earlier.
The Department is working closely with stakeholders to minimise the impact on the travelling public, cargo and mail operations. We are also ensuring appropriate contingencies are in place for visa and citizenship services,” said the official statement.
The Customers and Immigration department employees will join public sector workers from Centrelink, Medicare and twelve other federal government departments and agencies in a week-long strike against the government on March 29, 2016.
The strike begins in New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia. Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal will be affected by the strike on April 1 and April 4, 2016. Check the complete schedule here . According to the port authority of New South Wales, Pacific Jewel and Celebrity Solstice arrive on April 1, followed by Voyager of the Seas on April 4.
The strike is expected to cause delays at all international airports and cruise ship terminals, it does not impact domestic air travel, although.
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