Australian Customs and Border Protection employees are set to walk off their jobs due to salary negotiations with Australian Government hitting another impasse. The strike will last up to 24 hours and take place in every major airport in Australia - delays can be anticipated at Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, South Australia and Brisbane Airports.
The strike in Sydney International Airport will start on Thursday 27th of October from midnight.
The strike is described as “the last resort” for the hard working Customs and Border Protection officers that carry on a very difficult job with a high level of responsibility to associated with their role in Border Security. The airport staff and Customs employees are thinking of the passengers as much as ever though and are trying their best to cause as little inconvenience as possible.
The biggest impact will be on the arrivals side of the busy Sydney International Airport as incoming travelers have historically experienced large queues and incurred hours of waiting unable to complete immigration formalities and luggage inspections - services directly administrated by Australia Customs and Border protection employees.
Family and friends coming to meet and greet the arriving passengers should be aware that there could be an extraordinary amount of time lapsing between when the plane is declared LANDED and when guests will wearily exit at Gates A - D downstairs at Sydney International Airport arrivals concourse.
If you are picking up passengers arriving during these Customs strike times here are few helpful hints to make waiting more palatable.
Say “TEXT ME”. - Ask your arriving passengers to send you a friendly SMS when they’ve cleared Immigration. This means that they are about 30 minutes away from surfacing at the exit doors we know historically from experience. Australian Customs and Quarantine are very thorough and passengers can anticipate queueing time for their luggage to pass through the x-ray machine.
Have a Champagne Breakfast: Head up the escalators and turn left. Walk for approximately one minute past the Express Lane door at Departures to theMontreux Jazz Café and experience the only Breakfast Buffet paired exclusive concert footage of Sting, Carlos Santana, Adele, the legendary guitarist Buddy Guy or NERD filmed on location in Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Montreux Jazz Cafe is by far the liveliest cafe on the landside (GATE C Qantas Check In/Departures at Terminal 1) and opens at 6AM til 10PM. (Free wifi and power-jacks to charge your phone are also easily accessible and live music Tue-Sat at Happy Hour)
Go Local: Try anything and everything at Jared Ingersoll’s iconic Danks Street Depot. This iconic Sydney eatery is located just up the escalators from Arrivals. Turn Right and follow the signs to Gate H Check-In counters. Located in front of the Quicksilver store, Danks Street Depot at the airport offers all day breakfast made with bio-dynamic locally sourced eggs as well great Australian and New Zealand wines and beer at reasonable prices ($8 for a Glass of Chain of Ponds and $5.50 for a Coopers from the tap) with a complimentary serve of Jared’s Very Good Nuts when you “check in” on Foursquare. There are several snacks, sandwiches and salads to choose from all made fresh in an open kitchen. Open from 6AM with live music Wed - Sat from 6PM.
For official information on the Customs and Border Protection Strike visit: http://bit.ly/rXjwci and http://www.customs.gov.au/