Portuguese airport handling workers strike on 19 May

baggagegirl.jpgPortuguese airport handling workers strike on 19 May

The Portuguese aviation union SITAVA has announced ground handling workers from the two country’s handling companies (Portway and Groundforce) are going on strike against the precariousness of their jobs and a collective layoff.

On Wednesday at a demonstration by workers from both companies beside Lisbon airport, union leader Fernando Henriques said: “On the 19th [of May] we are going to protest in front of the government’s gates and not let them play dead” in this collective lay-off process of the workers who are responsible for the aircraft support services.

Portway announced in March it was going to lay-off 257 workers after its contract with Ryanair was cancelled in Faro, Lisbon and Oporto.

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