Portuguese American Journal

Travel Alert: Security workers on strike at all national airports – Portugal

According to SITAVA, the airport workers’ union, Portuguese airport security screeners will be on strke for 48 hours at all airports in Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, beginning on June 24 and ending on June 25.

These workers, who carry out security checks, are also staging demonstrations at the Lisbon International Airport on June 25, from 11:00am until 1:00pm, and at the airport in Porto from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Affiliated with private security companies, Securitas and Prosecur, the workers demand “collective bargaining”, “better working conditions” and “a career with dignity.”

They are also claiming that while rises in revenue from passengers’ fees have increased, Prosegur and Securitas “take advantage of workers” a situation that the union describes as “unacceptable.”

“While they are making a lot of money with the growth of passengers at national airports, the workers who watch over the safety of passengers are in an increasingly precarious situation and live in an increasingly difficult situation,” said Armando Costa, a SITAVA union representative.

Travelers must be aware that baggage and traveler screening will take longer than usual and to expect additional time to navigate the security lines.