Airport strike threatened in August

… could affect 10 Portuguese airports including Madeira

Airport strike photo

Thanks to Maurice for a link to euronews.com reporting that travellers to Portugal could face airport strikes this month. The website predicts chaos and cancellations as workers at ten of the country’s airports threaten to strike. Civil aviation workers from two Portuguese unions plan to walk out from August 19 to August 21.

If it goes ahead, the disruption will impact all airports controlled by ANA – the country’s largest conglomerate operator – including Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal.

In a joint statement, Portugal’s Civil Aviation Workers’ Union (SINTAC) and the Commercial Aviation Staff Union (SQAC) have demanded wage increases for workers.

“Only by doing this (airport strike) we will be able to achieve what the company has been lacking for a long time: social stability, respect for workers’ rights and, fundamentally, for people,” the unions said. They have also requested that the operator – and its French owner company Vinci – “urgently” prioritise worker safety.

Will travel in Portugal be disrupted by strikes?

The proposed airport strikes will coincide with one of the busiest weekends in the year, as holidaymakers flock to Portugal for summer.

ANA operates ten airports in the country, including Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira, Ponta Delgada, Horta, Santa Maria, Flores, and Beja. Faro airport is of course the gateway to the Algarve, one of Portugal’s most popular summer holiday spots. The airports are already busy, with passenger numbers in the first four months of 2022 up 500 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Negotiations to prevent the strike are ongoing, ANA said in a statement.

“ANA will continue to promote dialogue with social partners and will continue the ongoing negotiation”

Airport operator ANA

Why are Portugal’s aviation staff striking?

Portuguese unions are demanding that ANA increase the salaries of their members, “taking into account its results and inflation.” The unions also urged the operator to take action on staff safety by hiring more workers.

They warn that a surge in passenger numbers at the airport – combined with staff shortages – puts cabin crew and ground staff at risk of abuse by frustrated passengers.

“(ANA must) take urgent measures to hire the shortage of human resources”

Portuguese Unions

Where else in Europe are air staff striking?

Ryanair strike

The Portugal strike is the latest in a series of walk-outs to hit European airports this summer, in the midst of soaring passenger numbers.

In Spain, Ryanair cabin crew have threatened to walk out for four days a week for the next five months.

easyJet pilots in Spain have just announced that they will walk out for nine days this month over pay and working conditions. Staff had previously called off a three-day strike planned for the end of July.

easyJet strike

British Airways staff at Heathrow threatened to strike in July, but called it off after BA made a “vastly improved” pay offer, the UK’s Unite Union said.

Over the last few months, workers in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands have also taken part in industrial action.

BA strike

16 thoughts on “Airport strike threatened in August”

      • Walter, absolutely nothing but Steve is such a virulent anti-vaxxer that he must be a Trump supporter too. He tries to hi-jack each thread with his anti-vaccine rubbish.

        What this “person” has to do with Madeira is a mystery. Personally I wish he would bugger off to Facebook etc to spout his rubbish where he could join the other conspiracy loonies.

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      • Quite! I was going to ask the same question. Indeed I did when Steve made a similar comment which also had absolutely nothing to do with the article! Methinks he needs to get a life!

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    • Still got nothing to do with Madeira or airport strikes.

      Please do us all a favour and go somewhere else! Russia is good at this time of year.

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  1. One death from an autoimmune disorder, Guillain-barré syndrome, after (not necessarily from) one Covid vaccine following how many vaccinations administered?

    Just to cheer you up, herewith a link that is relevant to the topic of flying: https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/aviation-deaths-rise-worldwide-2020-even-fatal-incidents-flights-fall-2021-01-01/

    And another one: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1109406.stm. “At least one person a month dies of a blood clot on the lungs on arrival at Heathrow Airport, say doctors.”

    Perhaps flying just a ploy by the big pharma companies, to ensure a continued need for their products?

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  2. Probably anti polio and other wonderful vaccines that have saved millions of lives and helped us recover from Covid. Tempting to call him all the names under the sun but he is just not worth it. They say ignorance is bliss so at least he must be happy.

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