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Strikes blamed for cargo check failure

AAP logoAAP 17/10/2016

The immigration department has blamed strikes on its failure to meet cargo inspection targets..

Department secretary Michael Pezzullo told a Senate hearing on Monday that a shadow workforce was created to cope with industrial action over an ongoing pay dispute.

Air cargo targets were missed "marginally", sea cargo targets were a long way from being met but the department exceeded its goal for international mail inspections.

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