WA Airport Strikes Threaten Grand Final Hopes

Words by: Thomas Munday

For many Western Australians the prospect of the first ever Western Derby Grand Final is considered the ultimate sporting achievement.

No matter who wins, whether it’s the Fremantle Dockers’ first Premiership or West Coast Eagles’ fourth, the event would significantly boost our state’s reputation.

However, according to Eastern States’ football fans and airport officials, the occasion may set to become a nightmare.

Ahead of this weekend’s preliminary final matches at Domain Stadium, according to Perthnow, Perth airport workers have refused to rule out a strike.

Set to commence on Grand Final weekend, the strike involves a tug-of-war between the workers and mega oil company Shell and employer ZIP Airport Services.

This week, Aircraft refuellers voted to take protected industrial action in a secret ballot.

Shell initially offered the workers a pay rise and sign-on bonus before quickly decreasing the deal.

According to WAToday, the possibility of a strike has continually been raised over the past month, with a Transport Workers Union strike threatening to halt fans flying to Melbourne.

WA workers have demanded parity with Eastern States’ workers, needing an increase in pay of 1-4% over the next few years.

Air travel and hotel costs have since skyrocketed in Melbourne over Grand Final weekend, with one-way tickets from Perth to Melbourne costing over $1,100.