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Public sector union crowdfunds to pay for workers’ strike action

A union is asking for online donations from the public to fund a workers’ strike. 

The Community and Public Sector Union has turned to online crowd-funding ahead of a planned strike for Border Force workers. 

National Secretary Nadine Flood said ‘The Campaign Fund’ has already made $10,000.

Ms Flood said Border Force freight workers will strike from Monday next week. 

‘A lot of them have lost a lot of money through strike action, and of course some of them have been stood down without pay,’ she said.  

‘These guys are heading into their second Christmas with a wage freeze.’

But Neil Mitchell questioned the timing of the industrial action, noting it comes just weeks before Christmas. 

Neil Mitchell: In the end, funding this industrial action could screw up the Christmas delivery of parcels.

Nadine Flood: It could have an impact on parcels and they will be taking further industrial action and they make no apology for that. 

Click play to listen to Neil’s interview with Nadine Flood

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