The handling workers of the Portuguese airports start a three-day strike

The workers of the Portuguese company of ‘handling’ airport Portway began this Friday a three-day strike at the airports of Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal due to the company’s refusal to defrost wages after three years without pay increases.

The strike was called by the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (Sintac) after the company failed to meet its commitment to defrost wages in November this year.

Sintac spokesman Fernando Simões has told Reuters that 85% of the company’s workers are supporting the strike.

So far, flights have departed between 20 and 80 minutes late, according to Portugal’s airport authority.

«The company hired part-time workers for these days. But flights can still be canceled within three days,» Simões explained.

In addition, the union has threatened to call another strike between January and March for overtime and weekend work.