“What I want is for us to be able to reach points of convergence in such a way that it is not necessary to carry out a strike because it is evident that a strike always has effects, namely in the congestion that occurs at the borders”, said José Luís Carneiro.

SEF inspectors and administrative staff will go on strike for six days over the Easter period due to the way in which the Government intends to transfer workers to other bodies within the scope of the closure of SEF.

Saying he is in dialogue with the unions, the official stressed that in what is really essential the Government managed to respond, however, there are issues that are still unresolved, which is why José Luís Carneiro will meet today with the unions.

The Union of Employees of the Foreigners and Borders Service (SINSEF), which includes employees with non-police functions, delivered last week the strike notice for April 5th and 6th.

The SEF Research and Inspection Career Union (SCIF/SEF) also issued a notice for a strike between the 6th and 10th of April, coinciding with the Easter period, which could cause disturbances at airports.