Aviation workers call off one strike?

… and call another!

Portway workers call a new strike

In a situation that is about as clear as mud, the Portuguese American Journal report that unions, representing the aviation workers of airport concession managers ANA/VINCI reached an agreement yesterday to call off the shrike scheduled for 19, 20 and 21 of August.

The website reports that “After several hours of negotiations, at a meeting that began on Tuesday at the premises of DGERT [Directorate-General for Employment and Labor Relations] and ended yesterday, SINTAC [National Union of Civil Aviation Workers] and SQAC [Commercial Aviation Staff Union] an agreement was reached with ANA/VINCI,” the unions said a joint statement.

In the meantime, SINTAC has issued, on the same day, a new strike notice scheduled for 26, 27 and 28 of August involving the workers of Portway, managed by ANA [Airports of Portugal] at Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal airports.

Original strike report

Conflicting strike reports

However, the Portugal Resident has a conflicting report yesterday:

Reports today described civil aviation workers union SITAVA as “accepting a salary upgrade of 1.5% from ANA airports authority and creating a working group for 2023”. But the bottom line remains that SINTAC – which is also a national union of civil aviation workers – has not accepted any of ANA’s offers, and is still calling an all-out strike for 00.00 hours on August 19 to 23.59 on August 21.

Much worse, SINTAC has added a new strike to the calendar, for Portway baggage handlers, to run over three days from 00.00 hours on August 26 to 23.59 on August 28, and affecting the country’s busiest airports: Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal.

The Portugal Resident

The Portugal News has a similar take on the current situation:

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