Qantas travellers hit by more strikes

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Qantas passengers can expect major disruption as baggage handlers and ground staff walk off the job today.

The strike is expected to disrupt travel plans for more than 8000 domestic and international passengers. About 39 flights will be delayed by up to an hour and cancellation of two flights.

Members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have decided to stop work at all major Australian airports for one hour from 8am (AEST). The strike, which is part of an ongoing campaign of protracted industrial action by baggage handlers and ground staff over pay and conditions, will involve 3800 staff.

It comes as the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) says it intends to take industrial action at 6pm on Friday in Melbourne, before taking the action to Brisbane on Monday.

The latest disruptions come after storms shut down Melbourne Airport on Wednesday night, leaving hundreds stranded at the airport overnight.

Qantas has apologised in advance to those who will be affected by the nationwide stoppages.

“This really couldn’t have come at a worse time with passengers trying to get to the AFL and NRL Grand Finals and many families heading away for the school holidays,” Qantas spokesperson said.

The besieged airline has faced strike action on a number of fronts, including by pilots, engineers and baggage handlers.

More than 25,000 passengers have been affected since coordinated industrial action began just over a month ago, Qantas said.

It’s part of a series of one-hour stoppages the union has said it will carry out in different cities until mid-December.