Airport strikes to hit Queensland

FLIGHT cancellations and big delays are expected across Australia when disgruntled Qantas employees and customs officials walk off the job over protracted pay disputes.

On Thursday, baggage handlers and ground crew will stop work in the morning and again in the afternoon at all major airports.

In Brisbane the TWU have indicated they will stop for two hours at 8am and another two hours at 5pm. Similar action will take place at Cairns at 12pm and 4pm, and Townsville at 10.30am and 6pm.

Thousands of customs officers at locations across the country, including international airports, will also take rolling industrial action from early tomorrow morning.

The pain will continue for Qantas on Friday when its aircraft engineers strike for four hours. Rugby World Cup fans travelling to New Zealand before Sunday's semi-final match between the Wallabies and the All Blacks face major delays.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.