Dozens of flights canceled by a strike of baggage handlers in Portugal

This Sunday, dozens of new flights were canceled arriving and departing from the main Portuguese airports due to a strike at the porter Portway, according to the unions and the company owned by the airport manager ANA, of the French group Vinci .

On the third and final day of this social movement, called to demand wage increases, 69 flights were canceled at Lisbon and Porto airports, Portway management said in a statement. “During the three days of the strike, the turnout was 14% and airlines canceled 196 flights,” she added.

All countries affected

According to a report provided to the media on Sunday by the vice-president of the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (Sintac), Pedro Figueiredo, the movement caused a total of “at least 230 flights”. Among the twenty companies affected by this social movement within the company Portway, a subsidiary of the airport manager ANA, the low-cost carrier Easyjet was the most affected.

The movement also caused disruptions at the airports of Funchal, on the island of Madeira, and Faro, in the tourist region of the Algarve (south).

The strikers demanded “an immediate increase in wages” allowing employees to “regain their purchasing power”, according to a union statement accusing the company of hindering career progression and of not respecting labor law in terms of remuneration. public holidays.

Subsidiary of Vinci since 2013

Portway, which employs some 2,500 people, is 100% owned by ANA, a subsidiary of the French group Vinci, which in 2013 obtained the concession for Portuguese airports.

In its assessment of a strike deemed “irresponsible”, the company regretted “the significant damage caused to passengers, companies and Portway, which emerges from this situation in a more fragile commercial and economic position”.

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