By Sergio Goncalves
LISBON (Reuters) – 200 flights have been cancelled at Lisbon airport on Saturday firstly of a two-day strike by Groundforce dealing with firm employees, with extra cancellations seemingly earlier than the motion ends on Sunday night, the corporate that manages Portugal’s airports (ANA) mentioned.
A spokesman for the Union of Airport Dealing with Technicians, which known as the strike, instructed native information company Lusa that round 100% of employees 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 providers, however has not affected low price corporations.
Groundforce employees are demanding that the dealing with firm, which is in severe 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 influence on the remaining 9 Portuguese airports, ANA chief government Thierry Ligonnière mentioned.
“We nonetheless anticipate difficulties tomorrow and a progressive return to regular on Monday,” Ligonnière instructed reporters.
Groundforce is 50.1% owned by the Portuguese agency Pasogal and 49.9% by the TAP-Air Portugal group, which in flip is 72.5% managed by the Portuguese State.
TAP provided to lend the cash mandatory for Groundforce to pay the vacation pay to its employees, however the proposal was turned down by the dealing with firm.
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