A third of the Bureau of Meterology’s staff have gone on strike from today until August 9 to protest poor pay conditions for remote staff.

Union members will stop work in the early mornings and evenings, refusing to answer any phone calls and won’t be responding to any non-urgent emails.

But the Bureau will continue to deliver timely forecasts and warnings during the industrial action.

It released a statement on Wednesday saying it had “robust procedures and practices in place to ensure services essential for the safety and security of the Australian public will continue.” This involves maintaining staff in charge of monitoring severe weather conditions and critical warnings.