Protests at all Australian airports today
WORKERS at Australia's five main airports will protest pay and working conditions as part of a global day of action today, with flight disruptions and delays expected.
Staff across the board from baggage handlers, check in officers and security will walk off the job to attend a public demonstration led by the Transport Workers' Union (TWU), who are calling on the federal government to "mandate airports and airlines responsible for labour standards".
It is expected there will be delays at all airports hosting protests, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth airports.
The TWU says the protests will coincide with the release of its submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into economic regulation of airports.
The union says the submission warns that low standards are affecting aviation safety and security.
"Airport workers have seen their jobs downgraded in recent years with a majority on forced part-time hours," the TWU said.
"The low rates, split shifts and poor conditions have led to workers forced to sleep at airports."
Sydney international terminal arrivals - 9.30am
Melbourne Virgin domestic arrivals - 11am
Brisbane domestic terminal between Qantas and Virgin - 11am
Adelaide airport main entrance - 10.30am
Perth domestic terminal - 10am