“The strike is not just against the wage freeze, we are going further”, said Anabela Carvalheira, of the Federation of Transport and Communications Unions (FECTRANS).
According to the union leader, the negotiations “go beyond the salary issue”, underlining the importance of “immediately filling in the operational framework and career progression”.
“At the meeting we had with the minister of the Environment and Energy Transition [João Matos Fernandes, who oversees urban transport], the person in charge assumed two of our demands regarding workers in the maintenance area and the extension of the term of the Company Agreement ( AE)”, said Anabela Carvalheira.
However, according to the union member, the company's board of directors “has not yet put the remaining matters on the table”, and the parties have not yet reached an agreement.
The strike notice was delivered on 6 October “due to the lack of answers to the questions raised, either in meetings with the Minister of Environment or with the president of ML-Metropolitan de Lisboa”.
The Tuesday strike takes place between 05:00 and 09:30, for most workers, and from 09:30 to 12:30 for the administrative and technical sector, according to the union.
On its official website, Metropolitano de Lisboa informed that, due to a strike called by the union organisations representing the workers, the company plans to stop the transport service from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and to resume train circulation from 10:15.
Metro workers carried out partial strikes on duty in May and June taking into account the same demands presented for the new stoppage.
The Metropolitano de Lisboa operates with four lines: Yellow (Rato-Odivelas), Green (Telheiras-Cais do Sodré), Blue (Reboleira-Santa Apolónia) and Red (Airport-São Sebastião), from 06:30 to 01:00 every day.
Here we are once again! Doing what the Portuguese do best: to strike for recurrent and, often, unjustifiable reasons! Why the government, employers and union leaders do not define and negotiate, once and for all, serious and fair work contracts with mechanisms that definitively eliminate this reoccurring cancer which has only one victim: the people who pays for everything, is the only victim, baddly needs fundamental services and, each time, is held hostage of the unscrupulous whims of a small number of asinine officials and parasitic union "leaders"!
By Tony Fernandes from Other on 26 Oct 2021, 15:23
Well, I see that you do not care at all about the requests being done by these people. We are gradually losing rights and value in the eyes of society (paid less, working more) and everyone thinks that this is normal and acceptable. If you can no longer own a house and feed yourself properly, it is time to protest and strike Mr. Tony.
The last two decades saw a decrease of purchasing power of the Middle class and a complete disregard for the other people, the lower class working people, while the money keeps flowing unrelentlessly to the apex of the elite. Do you agree with that? Or are you a part of the elite?
By John Doe from Lisbon on 31 Oct 2021, 16:39