Portugal: Union calls off planned strike by airport ground-handling staff

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Lisbon, June 30 (Lusa) – A planned three-day strike by ground handling staff at Portugal’s airports, which was to have started on Friday, has been called off after an agreement was reached between SITAVA, the main union involved, and the government, union leader Fernando Henriques told Lusa on Thursday afternoon.

The news emerged after a meeting between government and union, which told Lusa that the resulting agreement goes some way to meeting its demands.

Ground handling staff were to have struck for three days from midnight.

The action was aimed at the companies Groundforce and Portway, but also covered temporary employees and agency staff in the sector.

SITAVA had been demanding that the Socialist government annul a measure immposed by its right-of-centre predecessor that would allow a third handling company to operate at Lisbon airport. That demand was in line with a recommendation approved in parliament on 31 March, with the votes of the Socialist Party and its backers, the Communist Party, Left Bloc and Greens.