Government says it maintains readiness to negotiate with railroads – Jornal Econômico

Government says it maintains readiness to negotiate with railroads - Jornal Econômico

The Minister of Planning and Infrastructures, Pedro Marques, said today in Bragança that the Government maintains the readiness to negotiate with the railroads in reaction to the strike scheduled for Friday at the national level.

On the sidelines of the announcement of the new public tender for the career Bragança / Vila Real / Viseu / Tires / Portimão area, the governor commented on the complaints of the unions that advanced to the strike, alleging the lack of dialogue on the part of the Government.

"This makes very little sense, since we are in the middle of negotiation processes, both in the CP, and in the IP (Infrastructures of Portugal) and, in particular in the IP, where the unions also decide to decree this strike, we also have the negotiation processes very advanced, "he said.

The minister acknowledged that the negotiation processes are "in an always difficult phase, of review of the agreements of companies", nevertheless affirmed that "it is not at all true" that the Government is not available to negotiate, "on the contrary," he said.

Pedro Marques also considered "surprising" the decision of the arbitral tribunal not to enact minimum services for the day of the strike.

"It must be made clear that it is not the Government that defines the minimum services, they are defined by arbitration bodies which, for me in a reasonably surprising way, decided that there was no minimum service, especially in urban and suburban services," noted.

"We can not influence this decision, what we can say is that if it is likely to have a very significant impact on the lives of the Portuguese, we have to regret this situation," he added.

The minister reiterated that, regardless of the developments of this strike, it maintains, as it has had "for months, availability for dialogue in the railway sector".

Workers from CP, EMEF and Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) will strike a 24-hour strike on Friday in defense of negotiation of better working conditions.

The CP – Trains of Portugal warned on Tuesday of "strong disturbances" in the movement of trains, due to the strike, predicting suppression at national level in all services.

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