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​Groundforce provides service to 150 airlines, along with baggage handling, cleans aircraft, airport security, maintains equipment and ground transport.

​Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
Groundforce baggage handlers strike
The Workers Union Aviation and Airports (SITAVA

Portuguese Airport Strike
Monday 26 December 2016 Here’s the latest. The Union of Aviation Workers and Airports (Sitava) - Strikes this week are cancelled, baggage and airport security.Talks to begin again end of January. Good news.


Saturday December 10, 2016 Union SITAVA who represent 1, 300 Groundforce and Portway ground workers and Prosegur and Securitas (airport security) companies at Portuguese airports threaten strike action between Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December.

Airlines are held hostage till meeting planned for Monday, 26th December is over and result announced.

Last Portuguese airport strike in August of this year saw Faro, Lisbon and Porto airports hit badly. Fewer check points, increased wait time to get through security. Causing delayed access to boarding areas. Flight delays of 90 minutes causing passengers to miss connecting flights and having to re-book flights on the fly. Waiting passengers were given water and snacks.

Collective Bargaining Agreement ends July 31, 2017. SITAVA union looking to secure wages increase over the next two years.

Ports will also be affected by this strike.

Groundforce provides service to 150 airlines, along with baggage handling, cleans aircraft, airport security, maintains equipment and ground transport.

We recommend you get to the airport a lot earlier than usual regardless and stay in close contact with your airline. (I'd go four hours early to get through security so you can read a book while you wait for your delayed aircraft! Perhaps strike will be certain times through out the day, rather than a complete standstill, fingers crossed) Mothers, bring more baby food and diapers than usual.

Good news SATA airlines has signed a deal with SITAVA union members who work for Groundforce this week. SATA passengers will now just be subject to security strikes alone, every little helps!
Come back we will be updating here or our home page www.easytravelreport.com



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Old info
Portuguese Airport Strike
Portugal Baggage Handlers Strike
July 1, 2016 Good news, TAP reported late last night that strike had been cancelled.

June 9, 2016 Portuguese baggage handlers will strike July, 1, 2 and 3 nationwide.
Union involved SITAVA, handling companies to be involved Groundforce, Portway, out sourced workers and temps. 5,000 workers in this sector 1,300 in SITAVA union. 
You know the drill, stay in touch with your airline, just take carry-on. All airport’s in Portugal will be hit
www.easytravelreport.com for updates


Old strikes from 2013
Tuesday, 24 December, 2013
Tuesday, 31 December, 2013
SATA STRIKE
Note - after the fact we found out only four flights from TAP were delayed. All from Lisbon airport and strike effect didn't kick in till the afternoon. 
Madrid 15:30 left at 16:25
Paris 16:20 left at 17:25
Recife 16:25 left at 17:05
Fortaleza 16:25 left at 17:05
Other airlines SATA for instance nothing in the news.


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Old strikes
Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
August 22, 2013 Portuguese baggage handlers strike. Groundforce back at it again with strike action.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
and Sunday, September, 2013

Check back with us, we will update.
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August 15, 2013 Groundforce baggage handlers strike today. Will effect Lisbon Airport.
Update:-Strike only hit Lisbon airport, Tap Airlines reported flights were not effected. Strike was unsuccessful, they will be back.


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