Portway handling workers in Portugal set to continue strike

Workers have demanded that the owners of Portway de Handling de Portugal company with the agreement signed in 2016 to ‘unfreeze’ workers’ careers

December 31, 2019 by Peoples Dispatch
Portugal airport workers strike
Portuguese airports hit by strike called by the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers. (Photo: Esquerda.net)

Portway handling workers in various Portuguese airports have decided to continue their protest demanding that the Vinci Group – owner of the Portway Handling de Portugal, SA – comply with the agreement signed in 2016 to ‘unfreeze’ careers from last November. Workers of the Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal airports, under the leadership of the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (SINTAC), embarked on a three-day strike from December 27. Overtime and weekend workers will go on strike from January 1 to the end of March 2020.

SINTAC has alleged that Portway Handling de Portugal “has begun to cut social allowances and rights acquired by its workers over the course of 20 years, thus not recognizing all the efforts of the workers over the years, and all with one goal, not to lower their profits.” 

“Despite the cut in bonuses and the freezing of workers’ careers, during the same period, managers received premiums,” SINTAC claimed. 

Meanwhile, Esquerda.net reported that due to the three-day strike by the portway handling workers at the airports, several flights were canceled and many services delayed.

Portway Handling de Portugal SA provides services at the airports of Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal and Beja. The company has been operational since July 2000 and currently employs a staff of 2,500 workers.