Airport customs and immigration staff, who have been banned from taking industrial action for three months, have rejected claims that airport strikes put the community at risk. Border Force officers and immigration department staff have lost their right to strike for 90 days at airports under a Fair Work Commission ruling released on Wednesday.

“We agree our members’ industrial action was designed to have a significant impact on … the government, but categorically reject that this action would have posed a risk to the Australian community,” said Community and Public Sector Union secretary Nadine Flood.