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.