The Ministry of Labor said today that the Directorate-General for Employment and Labor Relations (DGERT) is "naturally available" to host a possible meeting on Thursday between drivers 'unions and employers' association Antram.
"If the parties (unions and Antram) want to meet, the DGERT is naturally available at any time, as it has always been," official source from the Ministry of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security told Lusa.
Spokesman for the National Union of Hazardous Drivers (SNMMP), Pedro Pardal Henriques, today challenged the National Association of Public Road Hauliers (Antram) for a meeting on Thursday at 15:00 at DGERT , in Lisbon.
“I wanted to launch here a public challenge to dr. André Almeida, to Antram, so that tomorrow [15 de agosto], at 15:00, you can be at DGERT to talk to us, ”said Pardal Henriques, speaking to reporters in Aveiras de Cima.
The SNMMP spokesman thus challenged Antram officials to sit down at the negotiating table to find a proposal that would please both parties to end the strike.
“It is up to Antram to take a step back to avoid chaos in Portugal. The tendency is to get worse, ”he said.
For Pardal Henriques, if there is no understanding, the responsibility for what may happen in the future lies with the Government and Antram. The lawyer also asked the rulers to finish, with what he considers to be "a clown".
“The responsibility for what will come from now on lies solely with Antram, the Government and Dr. André Almeida, who has uttered pitiful expressions against these drivers, ”he said.
For his part, Pardal Henriques assured that negotiations will only take place with the lawyer present and not with the president of SNMMP, as Antram intends.
Dangerous goods and goods drivers are now serving the third day of an indefinite strike, which prompted the government to issue a civil requisition on Monday afternoon, alleging non-compliance with minimum services.
The strike was called by the National Union of Hazardous Drivers (SNMMP) and the Independent Union of Freight Drivers (SIMM), with the aim of demanding from Antram compliance with the agreement signed in May, which provides for a wage increase.