Government moves to civil requisition if minimum services are not complied with, warns Costa – O Jornal Económico

Prime Minister António Costa said today that the Government will make an assessment early in the early hours of Monday morning on the fulfillment of the minimum services decreed for the drivers strike, admitting to approve the civil requisition.

In case of non-compliance with the decreed minimum services, the Government will meet through an electronic Council of Ministers to approve the civil request, António Costa said in remarks to journalists at the end of a visit to the National Entity for the Energy Sector, in Lisbon.

Asked when the first assessment of minimum services will be made, António Costa said that "surely after the strike has begun and when employers report whether or not they are able to perform the minimum services."

“Antram [Associação Nacional de Transportes Públicos Rodoviários] released a position this morning stating that unions have not fulfilled their obligation until midnight to provide the list of workers who will perform the minimum services, ”he said.

The information available to the government is that Antram "is replacing unions by notifying workers that they must report by six-thirty to perform the duties required to fulfill minimum services," he said.

"And after that, the government will make an assessment," he added.

"What we have anticipated is that we have an electronic Council of Ministers at any time that is needed so that the non-compliance can be declared the civil requisition," he said.

The prime minister defended that "it is absolutely fundamental" that the decreed minimum services work, warning that even with the full functioning of the minimum services, "they can mitigate but not eliminate the effects of the strike."

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