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Strikes could cause travel chaos

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/07/2016
<p>Auckland Airport</p> © Nigel Marple/Newscom/Reuters

Auckland Airport

Major disruption could be in store for travellers as aviation security workers threaten to go on strike.

The industrial action is planned for later this month and coincides with the busy school holiday period.

Three airports are affected - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch - and both domestic and international passengers are being warned their travel plans could be thrown into disarray.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he's sought assurances from the Civil Aviation Authority that it can minimise any disruption to travellers.

"They're confident that they can do that, they can continue to operate things in a safe and secure manner with minimal disruption," he told reporters on Tuesday.

Mr Bridges said it is possible the government could get involved, but he didn't go into detail about what options are on the table.

The notice of strike action is the latest step in a lengthy pay dispute involving two unions representing aviation security workers.

Mr Bridges said a third union settled "some time ago" and that the offers currently on the table are strong.

Both sides still hope strike action could be avoided.



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