Finally back in business and enjoying the features Windows 10 now that the blog software has eventually been re-installed and appears to be functioning correctly (touch wood!). Apologies to those who have sent in information that is now out of date and therefore not published as a result of the teething problems.
If you have ever been asked to hand over your boarding card when buying anything “air-side” at an airport – and I guess everybody has – the Independent today exposes a major rip-off by some retailers. Far from having anything to do with security, this request has everything to do with the outlets being able to reclaim VAT from the tax authorities without passing the benefit on to the customer. Apparently, since the practice was exposed on social media last week there are a growing number of travellers refusing to show their boarding cards at airport stores.
Still on the subject of airports, Securitas staff at Madeira and Porto Santo airports (as well as Porto on the mainland) have announced a strike next for Saturday (15th), claiming that the company has refused to pay overtime and public holidays from the beginning of the year.
Accourding to Journal de Noticias, the leader of the Union of Workers in Aviation and Airports (SITAVA) said that “the company has not paid holidays or overtime since the beginning of the year and refuses to come to terms with the workers or the unions…. in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement in place”, adding that it had already delivered the notice to strike. Since this coming Saturday is a public holiday in Portugal (Assunção de Nossa Senhora) the strike by around 400 workers from three airports could have a significant impact and, claimed the union leader, might even result in cancelled flights. Press agency Lusa have attempted to clarify the position with Securitas but have been unable to do so.
Jardim do Mar road re-opens
The road that links Estreito da Calheta and Jardim do Mar has been reopened after a fire at the weekend. The Diario, however, reports that there are fears that the fire may have destabilized the hillside and increased the risk of landslides. Locals are calling for alternative access to the seaside village to be considered. Some businesses in the area reported 80% falls in revenue during the road closure.