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Security screeners stepup strike efforts

first_imgSecurity screeners at Perth’s Qantas domestic terminal have escalated their strike action, walking off the job and slowing the flow of traffic in and out of the airport.The screeners, employed by MSS Security, are campaigning for pay increases to bring them closer to parity with their Melbourne counterparts, the West Australian reported.Rolling strikes have been held for more than a week now, culminating in the lock-out of 11 screeners over the weekend for wearing ‘Paid Less in the West’ protest shirts.“Today, the screeners walked off the job at 5am, that’s the busiest time when all the FIFO workers are getting their flights back to work,” United Voice assistant secretary Pat O’Donnell said.“It caused significant delays today, the line stretched out all the way to the arrivals.”Some staff members were seen operating their vehicles in an unhurried manner in an effort to slow arrivals traffic and cause further disruptions to the airport process.Negotiations are scheduled to occur on Friday 14 June.“Between now and then, you can expect to see us back at the airport, taking more action,” Mr O’Donnell said.“Ultimately, Qantas is responsible for MSS being in there and they have to take some responsibility.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Lock-outs, walk-offs and traffic troubles.last_img read more