The National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (Sintac) announced this Thursday that Portway has complied with agreements reached after the strike in August 2022 to pay back 100% vacation pay.
“Today, May 25, 2023, thanks to the struggle unleashed by Sintak, Portway fulfilled the agreements reached as a result of last year’s strikecontinuing to pay 100% of vacations, including retroactive vacations taken between November 2019 and March 2023,” the union said in a statement.
It was one of the demands that led to the strike in August 2022, which resulted in the cancellation of dozens of flights, Sintak says.
“Because the decision of the court is now final and not subject to appeal, turns out we were absolutely right and that, on the other hand, the path of negotiation must always take precedence,” stresses the trade union.
Sintac hopes that this result, along with the salary agreement reached in December and ongoing negotiations on a new Portway Agreement, “mark a new stage in the social dialogue.”
In August 2022, Portway workers held a three-day strike at the airports of Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Madeira, organized by Sintac, which resulted in the cancellation of 230 flights, according to figures released by the union at the time.
In addition to being paid 100% of vacation time, Sintak demanded higher wages and accused Portway of creating a “climate of psychological terror, with threats and disciplinary action multiplying, creating social instability unprecedented in the company’s history.”