March 7, 2021

The strike of the fuel transporters in Portugal is condemned

The strike of the fuel transporters in Portugal is condemned


The National Union of Transporters of Dangerous Substances of Portugal today called off the strike that was taking place on Monday and that caused problems in the supply of fuel in the country during the last days.

The Portuguese Infrastructure Minister, Pedro Nuno Santos, announced in a statement to the press in Lisbon that the standardization "will be gradual", after the agreement reached between the union and the employer's association National Association of Road Transporters of Goods (Antram).

"The strike ended, there is no obstacle to normalcy returns," said the minister, who recalled that it will not be "immediate" because there are gas stations that are completely without fuel.

The agreement reached early this Thursday ends a strike that led to the Portuguese Government to declare the alert situation due to an energy crisis and mobilize the military and the security forces to ensure the transportation of fuel.

The paralysis affected drivers, airports, taxi drivers and even public transport buses, which on Wednesday had to cancel lines in the absence of fuel.

The gas stations were the scene of several hours of queues for two days, during which the drivers set out to refuel in the face of the uncertainty of how long the strike could last, which affected the start of the Easter holidays.

Around noon on Wednesday, more than 2,700 of the 3,068 available stations had a lack of diesel, gasoline or both.

The unemployment also affected the airports of Lisbon and Faro (south) and took more than 30 Portuguese aircraft to stop at Seville's Spanish airport to load fuel.

The government of socialist António Costa established minimum services, including a normal supply for hospitals, air bases, fire brigades, ports and airports and 40% at gas stations – initially only in Lisbon and Oporto, although last night was extended to the whole country.

The Executive even limited to 15 liters per person each supply of fuel at the service stations.

With the strike, which was called for an indefinite period, the dangerous goods transporters demanded that a specific professional category be created for these workers and thus improve their salary conditions.

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