The stoppage was
convened by the National Union of Local and Regional Administration Workers
(STAL) and will mobilise workers from the Trajouce factories, in the
municipality of Cascais, and Mafra, representing around 300 people.
Speaking to the Lusa
agency, Carlos Fernandes, from STAL, explained that the main reasons for this
stoppage are linked to demands for salary improvements and a "lack of
responses from the company's management".
"We have been
negotiating a company agreement for more than three years, in an informal way,
without the presence of any member of the board of directors, to unblock the
main demands of the workers. The board of directors does not respond to
us", he said.
In addition to salary
issues, Carlos Fernandes referred that Tratolixo workers also intend to
establish 35 hours of weekly work for all.
"In the factory, this discrimination is greater, because the administrative sector works 35
hours and the operational sector 40", he pointed out, adding that he hopes
that with the stoppage the company's administration and the four municipalities
covered will be able to understand the seriousness of the situation.
The union predicts
that the strike could cause constraints in the waste reception process in the
municipalities of Sintra, Oeiras, Cascais, and Mafra.
Tratolixo is a
certified inter-municipal company, 100% owned by AMTRES -- Association of
Municipalities of Cascais, Mafra, Oeiras, and Sintra for the treatment of solid
waste and responsible for the public service of the treatment of urban waste
produced by the more than 800,000 inhabitants of the municipalities in this
urban waste management system.