Australians applying for passports face a longer than usual wait after the only company in the country which manufactures key security features is locking workers out of its Melbourne factory.
Note Printing Australia is a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank and produces our bank notes and embeds microchips in the centre of passports which uniquely identifies travellers.
But it is retaliating against worker demands for a three and a half percent wage increase, by locking workers out of the manufacturing plant.
According to the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Note Printing Australia’s actions are likely to delay the printing of passports and bank notes.
However the Reserve Bank says there are adequate supplies to continue to meet demand for cash.