Passengers at Sydney Airport’s international terminal have been left frustrated as industrial action increases waiting times.
Border Force and Immigration workers are conducting stop-work action for four hours each day for the next 10 days, at eight international airports across Australia.
However, Melbourne Airport international passengers were lucky to escape any disruptions on Monday.
The group are disputing against recent Federal Government proposed pay cuts to conditions allowances.
National secretary of community and public sector union, Nadine Flood, said the cuts will leave some workers $8000 or more a year worse off.
“These are mums and dads worried about paying their mortgage and paying their bills,” Ms Flood told the Nine Network.
“These workers face a big cut to pay and big cut to their rights.”
Australian Border Force said arrangements were in place to minimise impact on operations.
“If you are going overseas, we advise you to arrive at the airport early.”
The strikes started at 4am in Cairns and are scheduled for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and the Gold Coast and again in the evening.
In Sydney, hundreds of passengers have been confronted by lengthy queues.
One passenger told the ABC that some people were frustrated by the wait.
“People pushing, pushing their bags. They’re getting upset, we’re getting upset,” he said.
Several passengers said they were not told about the industrial action, leaving them guessing about the cause of the delays.
“I didn’t even know there was a strike until we just walked out and that was the reason for it,” another man told the ABC.
“Try living in another country …we have it so good here and we just don’t know it.”
This comes as transport workers and taxi drivers have been participating in their own industrial action across the nation.
– with AAP