“It was exactly the same situation as yesterday [Saturday], above 90%,” said the president of the Union of Investigation, Inspection and Borders Inspectors (SIIFF) in statements to the Lusa agency a few minutes after the end of the strike, which took place between at 07:00 and 10:00.
According to Renato Mendonça, as happened on Saturday, the first day of the partial strike by inspectors from the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), “from 5:00 am to 7:00 am there was 100% [adherence] and then, from 07:00 to 10:00, above 90%, which gives an average clearly above 90%”.
Regarding the impact of the stoppage, the union leader said that "the scenario is exactly the same" as on Saturday.
“Accounting for people is always difficult, but the room [in the airport's international zone] is full. The 'boxes' are full, the first lines – both at the exits and at the entrances – are complete and only now [with the end of the strike, at 10:00 am] is it going to normalize”, he said, estimating that the waiting time is around “at least two or three hours”.
The partial strike called by the SIIFF will run until the end of June at the country's various airports and border posts, with uncertainty surrounding the future of SEF inspectors after the Government approved, on April 6, the decree- law establishing the transition regime for SEF workers following the restructuring process.
At Humberto Delgado Airport, in Lisbon, the stoppage will take place between today and Monday from 5:00 am to 10:00 am, and is also scheduled for the same time on the 27th to 29th of May, from 3rd to 5th of June, from June 10th to 12th, June 17th to 19th and June 24th to 26th (always on weekends and Mondays).
At the airports of Porto, Faro and Madeira and at the other SEF organic units, the strike is scheduled for the 22nd and 29th of May and the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of June and will last for 24 hours, because in these places “the impact in terms of constraints is not so great”.