SEF Union demands urgent staff increase at Porto Airport

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 26-11-2019 09:00:00 · 0 Comments

The trade union leader of the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) complained on Monday about work overload for inspectors on duty at Porto airport, demanding an "urgent" increase in staff levels.

"The situation is critical. Inspectors are exhausted due to overly demanding working conditions during shifts. They also talk about constant pressure from passengers due to the long queues at passport control," said Acácio Pereira, president of the SEF union.

Complaining about an "urgent" increase in the number of inspectors, the union leader linked the work overload to the increase in traffic at Porto airport, "to where many of the flights that used to go to Lisbon are being diverted".

Lisbon Airport "is saturated, with more and more flights, which means that many of them are diverted to Porto. And, with no proportional increase in staff, the problems experienced until recently in Lisbon are now being replicated in Porto”.

It is a situation that tends to worsen at the end of the year, when the flow of passengers at airports increases considerably.

Pereira warned that SEF "can only combat illegal immigration, falsification of documents and trafficking and exploitation of human beings with new recruitment of staff”.

SEF inspectors in the North meet at the end of the afternoon of Tuesday at Porto airport to discuss the lack of staff.


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