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BIOSECURITY was front and centre this week, with employees banning overtime due to understaffing. The action started on Monday.

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Minister Jeremy Rockliff was warned each month since September that both he and his department had until November 16 to resolve the crisis in Biosecurity otherwise employees would place a ban on overtime.

The CPSU’s Tom Lynch told the ABC that export industries and tourism would be affected.

“We understand they’re already saying to exporters that there are no appointments available in the second half of this week for produce to be checked to get out of the state,” he said on Monday. Read more here.

Mr Lynch also told the Mercury newspaper about the pressure on Biosecurity employees.

“Officers reported significant workload issues with 80 per cent of them concerned that workload pressures had the potential to impact on their standard of work.” Read the article here.

Meanwhile Organiser Nick Duncombe said union members were united and acting for change. We’ve already seen export bookings cancelled this week as a result of this overtime action.”

“Members are frustrated that Minister Jeremy Rockliff is refusing to listen and is putting our industries at risk.”

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