Airport 'sleeps' yarn put to rest
AVIATION services firm Aerocare says it is in the clear after an investigation into claims that some of its Sydney Airport staff have been forced to sleep in makeshift "camps” in baggage handling areas in between shifts.
After an investigation by the company, the Australian Border Force and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports, Aerocare said in a statement yesterday: "All parties confirm that after careful physical inspection and review of surveillance footage and digital records they have found nothing to substantiate the existence of 'camps' where people are sleeping on site or any similar practices at any of these locations.”
Aerocare staff told the ABC's 7.30 program last month that workers slept in the baggage handling area as they often worked a three-hour shift and could not afford to go home and then return to the airport.
Aerocare is negotiating a new staff pay deal with the Transport Workers' Union.