Truckers all working but only eight hours a day

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 13-08-2019 09:39:00 · 1 Comments
Truckers all working but only eight hours a day

All the dangerous goods drivers are working in Portugal on Tuesday, the second day of the strike and the first day of the civilian requisition decreed on Monday by the government", said the union representative of these workers.

"100% of the drivers are working", said the spokesman of the Union of Drivers of Dangerous Goods (SNMMP), Pedro Pardal Henriques.

The government decreed on Monday a civil requisition of drivers on strike to ensure the supply of the Emergency Network and airports.

The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon after the minimum services had ceased to be fulfilled.

"At this moment, what is happening is a work to rule and the government is to blame", said Pardal Henriques today, explaining that the drivers will not work overtime, and are only complying with the eight hours of regulatory work.

"This means that they work about half the normal hours", so "it is normal that the minimum services represent half of the normal service", he said.

Even so, Pardal Henriques believed that "little by little, the filling stations will run out of fuel".

Although "everything is going smoothly this morning," the police continue to escort tankers that leave the various sites to supply the stations, a source at the institution told Lusa.

The drivers are today on the second day of a strike marked for an indefinite period and with the objective of demanding from ANTRAM the fulfilment of the agreement signed in May, which foresees a salary increase.


20 years ago when I quit driving petroleum tankers in the UK I was on £800-1000 PER WEEK, I feel sorry for these lads in Portugal, someone is taking the P

by John from Algarve on 14-08-2019 01:30:00
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