Baggage handlers call off December 29 strike

Unions representing workers of airport ground handling companies Groundforce and Portway have called off a strike scheduled for tomorrow (December 29) after receiving assurances from the government that solutions for the sector would be found.

More than 300 Groundforce workers lost their jobs after the company announced in November that it was closing its operation at Faro airport, but government assurances to find a viable solution for has given them renewed hope.

According to Lusa news agency, the decision to cancel tomorrow’s strike followed a meeting by the unions to discuss the recent commitment by the Minister of Transport António Mendonça to find solutions for both the baggage handling companies as well as the aviation sector in general in Portugal.

The strike, had it gone ahead as planned, would have caused further disruption at national airports, where hundreds of passengers for the US are stranded after extreme snow in the country led to several flights being cancelled.