Airport strike having no immediate effect

Portway ground-handling strike yet to impact

Airport strike having no immediate effect 1Following up on yesterday’s post about Portway ground-handling staff at Portuguese airports going on strike, the Diario, which had not previously picked up on the story, reports that two of the first three morning flights from Porto had taken off (one easyJet, heading to Madeira), according to the Civil Aviation Workers Union, which is waiting for the first morning shift to take stock of the strike by Portway workers.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Fernando Simões, from the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (SINTAC), said that the night shift always has fewer workers, and predicts that only when the planes start moving in Faro, with the arrival of the first few flights, “the impact of the strike” will be perceived by ground operations workers.

Fernando Simões says that starting at 8:00 am, when the morning shift come in, one can get a sense of the impact of the three-day strike that has begun today by Portway workers, who provide ground handling for the passengers at each of the major Portuguese airports.

The strike was called by SINTAC and could affect the airports of Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal. As of lunchtime today it had had little effect in Madeira, with easyJet flights (which use Portway) coming and going pretty much on time.

In a statement, SINTAC indicated that it decided to go ahead with the strike notice at the company because it did not fulfil the agreement reached last November, as it had been signed in 2016. For its part, the company stated that it “scrupulously complies with the law and all applicable regulations, both in terms of labor law and in terms of agreements and protocols applicable to the company” and therefore “does not recognize grounds for this stoppage”.


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