Portugal’s airport workers are threatening to go on strike at the end of August


Portugal’s civil aviation workers on Monday threatened a three-day strike at the end of August, accusing the conglomerate that runs the country’s biggest airports of failing to raise wages and create better working conditions.

The threat of strikes by the Portuguese Civil Aviation Workers’ Union (SINTAC) and Professional Aviation Staff Union (SQAC) is the latest in a series of strikes at a time when Europe’s transport sector is still struggling to manage the return to travel following pandemic lockdowns .

The strike is scheduled to take place from August 19-21, a normally busy summer weekend for travel, the unions said in a joint statement.

They have accused airport operator ANA, which manages 10 airports in Portugal, including those in Lisbon, Porto and Faro, and French group Vinci, which controls ANA, of making millions of euros in net profits but not paying their workers decent wages to have paid.

The unions have also demanded that ANA and Vinci, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment, take “urgent” action to ensure workers feel safe doing their jobs.

“Only through this (strike) will we be able to achieve what the company has long lacked: social stability, respect for workers’ rights and fundamentally for people,” the unions said.

The unions represent not only some flight attendants, but also ground handling services and other companies related to the aviation sector.

In neighboring Spain, air traffic controllers warned of a strike in early July if the state air traffic control company Enaire failed to hire more staff for the summer peak season.

Ryanair workers caused disruption at many Spanish airports in July when they were absent for several days, mostly on weekends.

They are expected to call for more strike action to push through demands for higher wages and better working conditions. Portugal’s airport workers are threatening to go on strike at the end of August

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