Lorry drivers' union 'ready to suspend strike' for talks

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 17-08-2019 15:59:00 · 0 Comments
Lorry drivers' union 'ready to suspend strike' for talks

Portugal’s National Union of Dangerous Goods Drivers (SNMMP), on Friday afternoon,announced that it was ready to temporarily suspend its strike from the start of a meeting "to be convened by the government" by Sunday, when its members are next due to meet.

"Because we want to make it clear to the country and parties that we have always acted in good faith in this process, we announce, right now, the temporary suspension of the strike from the time of the beginning of the meeting to be convened by the government, until the plenary of dangerous goods drivers, scheduled for next Sunday, when the drivers will decide on their future," the SNMMP said in a statement released on Friday.

The union explained that "it considers that the appointment today [Friday], of a government mediator to start negotiations with all parties involved has created conditions for all parties to sit down at the table.”

Drivers have been on strike since Monday (12 August), a strike called by two unions, the SNMMP and the Independent Union of Goods Drivers (SIMM), but SIMM called off the protest on Thursday night.

SIMM's decision came at around 11 p.m., following a meeting at the ministry of infrastructure.

SNMMP was left alone in the protest after SIMM's request for mediation by the government to reach an understanding with Antram, the association of road hauliers.

The government began by announcing, on Thursday, that it would appoint a mediator to try to end the conflict, but, hours later, said that the mediation process was not viable since Antram said that it would only negotiate if the strike was called off.

Now, according to the SNMMP, a government mediator has been appointed, negotiations with Antram can start.

The strike had been called to demand that Antram complies with the agreement signed in May, which provides for salary increases.

On Monday, at the end of the first day of the strike, the government decreed a partial and gradual civil requisition, alleging non-compliance with the minimum services.


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