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No delays at Australian airports despite quarantine strike

(Xinhua)

13:30, August 19, 2011

SYDNEY, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The strike by Australia's quarantine staff has not delayed any flights at Sydney Airport, authorities said on Friday.

The workers, who screen arriving passengers for biosecurity hazards and other prohibited items, walked off their job at airports across the nation for four hours on Friday beginning at 6 a.m. local time over a pay dispute.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), which employs the quarantine staff, said there had been no delays at Sydney.

The quarantine strike has caused minimal disruption to passengers at Brisbane International Airport, a spokeswoman for the airport said

"Everything is running normally," she said.

"The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service has put on additional staff to make sure that passengers are all processed and facilitated as normal."

The industrial action is being carried out by members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) after talks aimed at resolving the dispute failed to reach an agreement on Thursday.

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