Prime Minister António Costa says the government will act “always in a way that is appropriate to its needs” in an attempt to alleviate the effects of the drivers strike, scheduled for Monday, the 12th. the possibility of resorting to civil requisition is part of it and considers that “a responsible government must always be prepared for the worst”.
"The Government will always act in a manner that is appropriate to its needs in order to prevent the conflict from having unacceptable consequences for the Portuguese and our economy," António Costa told a press conference. "Everything is planned for the state to ensure compliance with the law."
António Costa says that, although this is a problem between private entities, the Government acts as a mediator, given the unpredictability of the consequences of the strike, which was convened indefinitely. Hence, he explains, having decreed minimum services, which the opinion of the Advisory Council of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), considered "balanced and appropriate" to the circumstances.
The Socialist Executive does not deny the possibility of resorting to civil requisition, but guarantees that he will only take this step if "strictly necessary". "We have to expect the best, but be prepared for the worst," he said.
The prime minister also stressed that the strike is a right provided for in the constitution, but stressed that there are no absolute rights and that when it comes to the freedom of others and the functioning of key sectors of the economy, the government cannot be oblivious. "The freedom of each ends where the freedom of others begins," he said.