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BRITS heading on holiday to Portugal next month have been warned that cabin crew strikes could affect their trips.

A three-day walk out has been called, as staff seek higher wages to compensate for the rise in the cost of living.

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EasyJet cabin crew in Portugal have announced three days of strikes next monthCredit: Reuters

The strikes have been called by Portuguese easyJet cabin crew members and will potentially affect flights to and from three airports in the country.

Workers at the British low-cost airline, who also seek better working conditions, are planning to walk out between April 1-3.

The SNPVAC union of civil aviation flight personnel confirmed the action on Friday.

They said in a statement: “Due to the economic climate, easyJet workers have lost purchasing power over the last three years.

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“The increase in the cost of living suffocates workers and jeopardises the well-being and comfort of their families.”

They also pointed out that easyJet’s Portuguese bases and routes are among the most profitable, and that in other countries where profitability is lower, employees had had “significant increases”.

The union did not specify the size of the increases it was seeking.

The airline, which expects some disruption on flights to and from Lisbon, Porto and Faro during the strike, said it takes its responsibilities as an employer seriously and employs all crew under local contracts, agreed with trade unions.

They said: “We are disappointed with this action, especially given the significant investment we have made in the country in recent years which has created hundreds of new jobs in Portugal and hope that SNPVAC will resume a constructive dialogue with us.”

Currently, in Portugal, easyJet bases 19 aircraft and has more than 750 employees. 

Brits heading to Portugal aren’t the only ones who will be affected by upcoming strikes.

Security guards at Heathrow are set to hold 10 days of walkouts across the Easter holiday, throwing Brits into travel chaos and disruption.

More than 1,400 security staff are reportedly staging the industrial action from March 31 to Easter Sunday – April 9.

They are striking during peak time, within the Easter school holidays, in demands for better pay amid the crippling cost of living crisis.

Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said: “Workers at Heathrow Airport are on poverty wages while the chief executive and senior managers enjoy huge salaries.”

Striking workers include guards who are employed at Terminal Five, used by British Airways, and those checking cargo entering the airport.

Brits have also been warned about holiday delays as passport workers are set to strike for five weeks amid a bitter pay dispute.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) announced the walk out, which could impact on the processing of passports in time for the summer.

More than 4,000 PCS workers in EnglandScotland and Wales are set to join the action between April 3 and May 5.

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Meanwhile, Brits have been warned to “act now” if they want their passports to be renewed in time for holidays.

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The walkouts will affect travellers flying to and from Lisbon, Faro and Porto

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The walkouts will affect travellers flying to and from Lisbon, Faro and PortoCredit: Alamy

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