More than 200 flights cancelled in Lisbon due to protests
The three-day strike by Portway workers caused the cancellation of at least 230 flights at Lisbon and Porto airports, the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers revealed today, predicting new actions of struggle.
In relation to the balance of the three-day strike by Portway workers, which began at 00:00 on Friday and continues until 24:00 today, the union leader said that, in total, «230 flights have been cancelled, at least», at Lisbon and Porto airports.
According to SINTAC, the total number of flights cancelled today could reach around 70 in Lisbon and 40 in Porto, with the cargo sector «completely stopped» at these two airports, while in Faro and Funchal only «significant delays» are expected.
SINTAC does not support «unionism to be done in court» because the important thing is to have «solutions for the moment».
The SINTAC leader also said that he has «the most incredible evidence» of Portway’s request to ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal to recruit workers from other companies and outside companies, namely Ground force and Ryanair, to do services as part of this strike.
SINTAC also recalled that Portuguese airports were bought by multi-millionaire Vinci, which «just weeks ago presented profits of 1.9 billion euros», accusing the French group of wanting «to destroy this Portuguese social class of this aviation sector» and reinforcing that the union will continue to maintain «due opposition».
The strike notice of Portway workers, launched by SINTAC, began at 00:00 on Friday and will remain in effect until 24:00 today. There is a ministerial order that defined the minimum services and does not allow around one third of the workers – those assisting passengers with reduced mobility – to strike.