Portuguese American Journal

Travel Alert: Aviation workers call off end of August strike – Portugal

The unions, representing the aviation workers of airport concession managers ANA/VINCI, have reached an agreement on Wednesday to call off the shrike scheduled for 19, 20 and 21 of August.

“After several hours of negotiations, at a meeting that began yesterday [Tuesday] at the premises of DGERT [Directorate-General for Employment and Labor Relations] and ended today, August 10, SINTAC [National Union of Civil Aviation Workers] and SQAC [Commercial Aviation Staff Union] an agreement was reached with ANA/VINCI,” the unions said a joint statement.

In a new development following this announcement, SINTAC has advanced, on Wednesday, a new strike notice scheduled for 26, 27 and 28t of August involving the workers of Portway, managed by ANA [Airports of Portugal] at Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal airports.

Portway, managed by ANA, is a ground handling company operating in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal and Beja airports, serving over 80 airlines.

Last week, on Monday, the aviation workers unions SINTAC and SQAC, which  include cabin crew and ground handling staff, had  advanced a strike notice for the 10 major Portuguese airports under concession to ANA [Airports of Portugal], managed by the French company VINCI. The disruption was a workers’ protest after negotiations between the workers and ANA/VINCI had failed.

The stoppage would take effect at midnight on 19 August (Friday) until the end of August 21 (Sunday) and would affect all workers at the airports of Lisbon, Porto, Faro, and Beja, the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo, and the airports of Ponta Delgada, Santa Maria, Horta, Flores in the Azores.

Both unions claimed that “after several attempts, over the last few years, to prevent a strike from going ahead,” they demanded that ANA/VINCI “restore all suspended contributions to the pension fund of its workers,” that ANA increase the salary of its workers, “taking into account its results and inflation” and “take urgent measures to hire the shortage of human resources” and restore the necessary services to safeguard security and safety at the airport.


ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Group is a business group responsible for the management of airports in Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Beja), the Azores (Ponta Delgada, Horta, Flores and Santa Maria) and the Autonomous Region of Madeira (Madeira and Porto Santo).  

ANA airports serve about 68 regular airlines, connecting the Portuguese regions with nearly 168 destinations around the world, reaching over 50 million passengers. 

In 2013, ANA Aeroportos de Portugal Group integrated French owned VINCI Airports Group, a top 5 global player in the international airport sector, managing the operations of 36 airports: 13 in France, 10 in Portugal (including the hub of Lisbon), 3 in Cambodia, 2 in Japan, 6 in Dominican Republic, 1 in Brazil and Santiago airport in Chile. With 12,000 employees, VINCI serves more than 170 airlines and more than 156 million passengers annually. Additional information is available at www.vinci-airports.com