LISBON—2 hundred flights have been cancelled at Lisbon airport on Saturday firstly of a two-day strike by Groundforce dealing with firm staff, with extra cancellations possible earlier than the motion ends on Sunday night, the corporate that manages Portugal’s airports (ANA) stated.
A spokesman for the Union of Airport Dealing with Technicians, which referred to as the strike, advised native information company Lusa that round 100% of staff had taken half within the strike in Lisbon on Saturday, the busiest airport within the nation.
The strike has had a huge effect on the Portuguese flag firm TAP, which makes use of Groundforce’s dealing with companies, however has not affected low price corporations.
Groundforce staff are demanding that the dealing with firm, which is in critical monetary difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic, pay wages with none delay and this 12 months’s vacation pay.
The strike primarily impacts the operation of Lisbon airport, and has little affect on the remaining 9 Portuguese airports, ANA chief govt Thierry Ligonnière stated.
“We nonetheless anticipate difficulties tomorrow and a progressive return to regular on Monday,” Ligonnière advised reporters.
Groundforce is 50.1 p.c owned by the Portuguese agency Pasogal and 49.9 p.c by the TAP-Air Portugal group, which in flip is 72.5 p.c managed by the Portuguese State.
TAP provided to lend the cash vital for Groundforce to pay the vacation pay to its staff, however the proposal was turned down by the dealing with firm.
By Sergio Goncalves