Portugal strikes in May and June

Airport security strike, SATA strike and a Papal visit
Unions representing a number of employees in Portugal’s transport industry say they will strike on several dates over the coming month, and there is the added complication of a visit by the Pope.
Workers at Portuguese airport security, the Sitava union of aviation workers, Prosegur and Securitas all threaten strike action from May 13 to 17, at all Portuguese airports, including the Azores and Madeira.
It is possible that in this long-running dispute, the 24-hour strikes could be averted at the last minute. Travellers should consult their airlines and get to the Portuguese airport at least three hours early.
The Pope is scheduled to see the Fatima shrine north of Lisbon during a visit timed for May 12-13. The government has declared Friday May 12 a Papal holiday, in which all public-sector employees including all of the country’s services can down tools – a decision met with some criticism in the ruling Socialist Party.
Meanwhile, Portugal’s open borders will be suspended from midnight on May 10 to midnight on May 14. All visitors to Portugal, such as those from Spain, will need to show passports or identity documents when crossing into the country.
Finally, a strike initiated by the National Syndicate of Flight Attendants involving Azores Airlines and SATA Air Açores’ Cabin Crew is due on June 1 and 2. SATA Group says that all passengers with flights on these dates can reschedule their trip free of charge or cancel and request a refund.
According to a union statement, the stoppage does not apply to SATA/Air Azores international flights and some Azores-Lisbon flights will continue as an essential service. TAP Portugal, easyJet and Ryanair flights to and from the Azores are not affected.
Easy Travel Report / Portugal News Online


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