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Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

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Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

ANA, the Portuguese airport manager, warned passengers on Wednesday about possible effects of a strike by baggage handling company on Thursday and recommended that passengers confirm their flights before heading for the airports.

Portuguese aviation and airport union SITAVA has said that the strike by Groundforce on the 15 August public holiday “is going to be very good”, recognizing flights would be “delayed and possibly cancelled”.

Fernando Henriques, from SITAVA, said yesterday that the protest would attract workers from the other four unions that represent air transport support service workers.

The effects of the strike will be felt particularly hard in Lisbon, but may also affect Oporto, Funchal and Porto Santo airports.

“There are lots of reasons for this struggle and the strike on the 15th”, Henriques said, especially the long working hours of the Groundforce workers.

According to Henriques, the problem “has been dragging on for some years, but it has become worse as working days have lengthened to 9 or 10 hours”.

Apart from strikes on overtime and public holidays, SITAVA said that the workers had unanimously approved a three-day strike from 30 August to 1 September.

Groundforce said it would do everything it could to “mitigate the possible effects” of the strike.

Groundforce is one of two handling companies at Lisbon airport and assists airlines like Aigle Azur, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, TAP, Sata and Vueling.

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1. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

We arrive on September 1st. We will be flying from Madrid to Lisbon via Iberia airlines. Please update this as information is given. Thanks in advance for your help.

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2. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

hi all,i don't want to sound selfish as i know how tiring it can be working a 10 hour shift and i'm a firm believer in standing up for what you believe in,not matter what the consequences but for all those travelling in and out of lisbon on august 15 i would appreciate any feed back concerning any strike action.i travel on august 31 and i'm in two minds whether to wait until august 31 or make alternative plans.many thanks in advance.

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3. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

TAP website and facebook page has info about the strike https://m.facebook.com/TAPPortugal…

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4. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

The strike on the 15th is only for one day, and will not affect travel on September 1.

If you are worried about upcoming stirkes you can keep an eye on http://www.hagreve.pt/ (litterally "is there a strike".pt), which is consistantly updated with information on upcoming strikes. The site is only in Portuguese, but Google translator or a similar tool works nicely.

Have a great trip!

Austin

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5. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

"Apart from strikes on overtime and public holidays, SITAVA said that the workers had unanimously approved a three-day strike from 30 August to 1 September."

Keep an eye out as that weekend is the end of the holidays and will be very busy.

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6. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

Appreciate the "Strike" website. This way we can see what's happening. Any and all info relating to this from those of you in or around Lisbon will be helpful :)

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7. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

One issue here is that strikes are often not announced or confirmed until 24 hours in advance as with the example above. Anything else is pure guesswork.

Just had a quick look at the Lisbon airport website. Few big delays, one Transat flight to Toronto delayed by 2 hours and Easyjet to Edinburgh by one hour, but everything else seems to be getting airborne within 30 minutes of schedule. At Porto average delay seems to be about 30 minutes. No cancellations so far at either.

At Faro, which is not directly affected, only one big delay (Thomson to Birmingham 1hr 20 mins) otherwise as normal.

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8. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

Easyjet handling company is Portway, which is not on strike, not Groundforce, so no relation between the strike and Easyjet's delay to Edinburgh.

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9. Re: Airport handling strike this Thursday August 15, 2013

True enough but they use the same baggage conveyors!

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"Groundforce stike but Portuguese flights unaffected

About a hundred Groundforce workers went on strike at Lisbon airport today in protest working conditions that involve operating in areas where the temperature can exceed 40°C.

Workers' concerns at the operating temperatures of 5 or 6 degrees in the winter to to 40 in the summer are nothing new but the problems are exacerbated by the long shifts expected, ten hours are not unusual.

The workers’ representative at Groundforce, Fernando Faleiro, said the management is aware and concerned and will meet later this month to discuss working conditions.

Departures were not affected today from Lisbon airport which, according to the strikers, was achieved only by the recruitment of temporary workers to keep services going, a claim denied by the management which said that the jobs in question require detailed training over many years andf could not be done by temps.

The strikers said that 80% of its members downed tools today but management said about 25% of ground crew did not show up for work today."

algarvedailynews.com/news/10619-groundstaff-…

Let's hope their next planned strike will have as little impact for travelers as this one.

Edited: 15 August 2013, 19:28